President assigns added responsibilities, new titles to three

Three University employees will assume additional responsibilities, President Ribeau has announced.

The president made the changes in response to challenges posed by the 2007-08 biennial budget, which he said calls for “administrative effectiveness, transparency and statewide emphasis on economic development.”

Dr. James Smith, dean of BGSU Firelands, will add economic and regional development to his area of responsibility. Smith’s new title is Vice President for Economic Development and Regional Growth, Dean of BGSU Firelands. In this capacity, he will work with the Regional Growth Partnership in Toledo, the Wood County Economic Development office, and regional chambers of commerce, businesses and colleges on specific development projects.

Sandra MacNevin, assistant vice president for executive communication and director of the Engagement Initiative, will add statewide policy development and budget strategy to her duties. Her new title will be Associate Vice President for Executive Communication, Executive Assistant to the President for Policy Development, and Director of Engagement.

Dr. Paul Schauer, accounting, will serve on a part-time basis as Ethics Officer. He will report directly to the president and oversee all aspects of ethics and compliance programs.

“A few years ago, the Commission on Higher Education and the Economy called on our public universities to expand our mission as we respond to societal needs. Economic development, greater accountability and engagement initiatives are some of the ways this will be accomplished. I am deeply appreciative of our colleagues’ willingness to lead in these critical areas,” Ribeau said.

The campus will be receiving more information from the president about important developments and issues in a sequence of emails over the coming weeks.

August 28, 2006