New academic year brings campus personnel changes

As the new academic year begins, the University welcomes new people to campus and finds some familiar faces in new roles.

Beginning Sept. 1, Dr. Jane Rosser will be the director of service learning, a new position created by President Sidney Ribeau (watch future Monitors for more on this). Rosser is well known on campus, having worked in the Women’s Center and as assistant director of Partnerships for Community Action where, most recently, she has led the Wood County consortium for Americorps.

While Canadian Studies Center Director Mark Kasoff is on sabbatical this year, the center will be co-directed by Dr. Christine Drennen, Canadian studies, and Dr. Roger Thibault, associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences for resources, planning, facilities and personnel.

Joe Catalano has retired as executive director of the Center for Applied Technology (CAT) and will be teaching part time in the entrepreneurship center of the College of Business Administration. Taking his place as interim executive director of the CAT is Dr. John Sinn, College of Technology.

For information on the University’s new faculty members, check the provost’s Web site in September.

Other campus changes, by college, include:

Arts and Sciences: Dr. Kristine Blair is now chair of the English department. Dr. Philip Terrie is interim director of the Environmental Studies Program. Dr. Richard Hebein is chair of romance languages. And the Department of Ethnic Studies welcomes Dr. Timothy Messer-Kruse, formerly of the University of Toledo, as chair.

Business Administration: New dean Rodney Rogers, formerly of Portland State University’s School of Business Administration, took the helm July 31. Dr. Nancy Merritt, marketing, who served last year as interim dean, has been named senior associate dean, and Dr. James Sullivan, former dean of the college, has returned as acting associate dean. The new chair of the military science and leadership department is Maj. Steven Letzring, a graduate of West Point who, in his most recent assignment, was deployed to Iraq. In June, Sheila Irving moved from the Center for Applied Technology to the college, where she is director of graduate studies in business. Tariq Odeh has been appointed director of the Hospitality Management Program, through May 2007. Dr. James McFillen has been appointed director of the Master of Organization Development program for one year, and Dr. Steven Cady has been appointed director of the Institute for Organizational Effectiveness for a two-year term.

Education and Human Development: Dr. Julia Matuga has been named assistant dean. In the School of Human Movement, Sport and Leisure Studies, Dr. John McMillen is now chair of the Division of Sport Management, Recreation and Tourism, and Dr. Amy Morgan is acting chair of the Division of Kinesiology. Dr. Rachel Vannatta is interim director of the School of Leadership and Policy Studies and interim chair of the Division of Educational Foundations and Inquiry, while Dr. Patrick Pauken is interim chair of the Division of Educational Administration and Leadership Studies. Dr. Rosalind Hammond is interim director of the School of Teaching and Learning.

Musical Arts: Dr. William Mathis is now chair of performance studies.

Technology: Dr. Wayne Unsell, formerly dean of the School of Engineering Technology and Management at Southern Polytechnic State University in Marietta, Ga., became the new dean on Aug. 1. Dr. Wil Roudebush is acting chair of technology systems.

BGSU Firelands: Dr. James M. Smith is now associate dean, and Dr. Cynthia Miglietti has been named chair of the applied sciences department.

Also, as previously announced, Dr. Wanda Overland, former dean of students and associate vice president for student affairs, has moved to Minnesota and Jill Carr, associate dean of students, has been appointed interim assistant vice president for student affairs and dean of students. Michael Ginsburg is now interim associate dean of students, and Deborah Novak is interim assistant dean of students.

Bonnie Fink continues as interim director of the Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology for a second year.

Gregory Christopher, formerly of Purdue University, became the University’s new athletic director in June.

Sharing the interim deanship of University Libraries are Kelly Broughton and Cathi Cardwell.

Jeff Grilliot, former director of International Programs in Continuing and Extended Education, has been named director of global initiatives and, along with Dr. Kristie Foell, International Studies director, will develop a new Global Village living/learning community. Paul Hofmann, former manager of immigration services, is the new director of International Programs.

August 21, 2006