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Elms College Names Katie Longley VP of Finance and Administration

CHICOPEE — College of Our Lady of the Elms has appointed accomplished higher education finance executive Katie Longley, CPA, of Abilene, Texas the college’s new vice president of Finance and Administration. Reporting to the president, Longley, who will join Elms College March 26, will be responsible for the strategic oversight and management of the college’s financial […]

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Umberger named Associate Vice President of Marketing and Communications

BLOOMSBURG–Jennifer Umberger has been named Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania’s associate vice president for marketing and communications. Umberger comes to Bloomsburg after serving as the director of university marketing at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania since February 2012. As director of university marketing, she oversaw all marketing efforts pertaining to enrollment as well as academic, athletic and presidential […]

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West Virginia University at Parkersburg prepping to find a new president

PARKERSBURG — The search for the new president of West Virginia University at Parkersburg will begin in earnest as the Board of Governors approved the hiring of a search firm to lead that search. On Wednesday, the board approved the hiring of RH Perry & Associates. The firm’s primary focus is to assist institutions of […]

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Mercyhurst names new dean of Walker College

Thursday, December 21, 2017 Mercyhurst University Provost David Dausey, Ph.D., announced the appointment of Brenda J. Ponsford, Ph.D., J.D., as the new dean of the Walker College of Business, effective Jan. 2, 2018. Previously, Ponsford served as dean of the Sydney Lewis School of Business at Virginia Union University (VUU). “We are fortunate to have […]

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Jason Geiken Named Associate Vice President for Development

December 05, 2017 Jason Geiken, most recently the Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Hannibal-LaGrange University in Missouri, has been named associate vice president for development at Stanislaus State beginning December 11, 2017. “We were searching for someone like Jason who had substantive experience raising private support for higher education and who was ready to […]

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Elms College Names Katie Longley VP of Finance and Administration

CHICOPEE — College of Our Lady of the Elms has appointed accomplished higher education finance executive Katie Longley, CPA, of Abilene, Texas the college’s new vice president of Finance and Administration.

Reporting to the president, Longley, who will join Elms College March 26, will be responsible for the strategic oversight and management of the college’s financial resources and operations.

Longley comes to Elms from Abilene Christian University in Texas, where she currently serves as associate vice president of finance. She held successive positions as controller, tax director, and payroll manager, and senior accountant during her tenure with ACU.

Prior to her work in higher education, Longley was in public accounting, working as an associate for Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLP, and then becoming a senior auditor for Davis, Kinard & Co. She holds a master’s degree in accountancy and a bachelor’s degree in business administration, both from Abilene Christian University.

“I’m very thankful to have been chosen as the new vice president of Finance and Administration for Elms College,” Longley said. “I look forward to making the move to Western Mass. and serving the students, faculty, and staff in ways that contribute to the core values and the mission of the college.”

Longley fills the position vacated by Brian Doherty, MBA, who retired from the college earlier this year.

Mount St. Mary’s University Names Kraig Sheetz as Dean of School of Natural Science and Mathematics

EMMITSBURG, Md. (February 6, 2018) – Following a national search, Mount St.Kraig Sheetz Mary’s University has named Col. Kraig Sheetz, Ph.D., as dean of the School of Natural Science and Mathematics, effective in the summer of 2018. During his 28-year career, Sheetz has taught physics as well as held leadership positions at the United States Military Academy at West Point.

Sheetz, who currently is vice dean of operations at West Point, has research interests in ultra-short pulse laser design and development of femtosecond laser-based nonlinear microscopy systems. He is a coauthor of “A Pragmatic Guide to Multiphoton Microscope Design” and has been published in the Journal of Applied Physics.

“We are thrilled to welcome Kraig to our Mount community,” said President Timothy E. Trainor, Ph.D. “His academic and managerial experiences will be invaluable in helping our students succeed and in leading the School of Natural Science and Mathematics into the future.”

“I am inspired by the university leadership’s strategic vision and the energy of the faculty and staff within the School of Natural Science and Mathematics,” Sheetz said. “The focus on student success through innovative pedagogies and cutting-edge academic programs—all rooted in the Mount’s timeless virtues—establishes an environment of relentless optimism that I am very excited to join.”

Sheetz comes to the Mount at an important time as momentum builds from a series of leadership and academic successes, including a 24 percent increase in freshman enrollment; approval of a five-year strategic plan; the introduction of four academic programs (cybersecurity, politics/philosophy/economics, entrepreneurship, and forensic accounting); articulation agreements in cybersecurity, biology and seven liberal arts majors with Frederick Community College; and the awarding of Fulbright English Teaching Assistant grants to three recent graduates. He will serve as part of a team of top academic leaders.

Sheetz’s wide variety of experiences has included academy professor in the Department of Physics and Nuclear Engineering at West Point, senior advisor to the National Military Academy of Afghanistan, and tactical intelligence officer. He serves on multiple academy governance committees and is an officer representative for the Army volleyball team.

Sheetz holds a Bachelor of Science in geophysics from Millersville University, a Master of Science in geophysics from New Mexico Tech, a Master of Science in applied physics from the Naval Postgraduate School and a doctorate in applied physics from the Colorado School of Mines.

Dr. Thomas Kaplan is Indiana Tech’s new vice president for academic affairs

February 6, 2018

Photo of Dr. Thomas Kaplan, Indiana Tech Vice President of Academic Affairs.

Indiana Tech has named Thomas E. Kaplan, Ph.D. as its vice president for academic affairs. Dr. Kaplan was chosen for the post after a nationwide search for Indiana Tech’s next academic leader, which began in August 2017.

Dr. Kaplan will officially begin his duties as vice president for academic affairs on May 14. He currently serves as dean of the School of Graduate and Professional Studies at Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, a post he has held since 2015. Prior to his role as dean at Wittenberg, Dr. Kaplan served as the Ness Chair in Entrepreneurship and associate professor in Wittenberg’s department of business from 2009-2012, and as chair of the department of business from 2012-2015.

“I’m very pleased to welcome Dr. Tom Kaplan as our new vice president for academic affairs,” commented Indiana Tech President Dr. Karl Einolf. “I believe strongly that he is the right leader to help us in our work to serve our students and to continually enhance our academic programs. Dr. Kaplan will play a vital role in our efforts to provide innovative, high-quality academic opportunities and to implement our emerging strategic plan as we build a century of excellence together.”

During his time at Wittenberg, Dr. Kaplan received Wittenberg’s Omicron Delta Kappa Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2011 and co-founded Wittenberg’s M.S. in Analytics program. Prior to his time there, he held faculty positions at Fairleigh Dickinson University from 1997-2002, and at Mary Baldwin University from 2002-2006.

“I’m honored to be selected as vice president for academic affairs at Indiana Tech,” Kaplan said. “I’ve been highly impressed by the level of commitment that the faculty and staff have towards serving the students here. They are an outstanding team, and I look forward to joining their efforts and helping build on this important work.”

Dr. Kaplan earned a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Ohio Northern University, an M.B.A from Baldwin-Wallace College, and a Ph.D. in Management from Virginia Commonwealth University. While engaged in Ph.D. studies at Virginia Commonwealth, he worked as a graduate teaching assistant and program manager, and was the co-founder of the Virginia Family Business Forum, for which he served as manager of operations from 1994-1996. From 1996-1997, he served as research fellow at Kennesaw State University’s Family Enterprise Center.

In addition to his academic experience, Dr. Kaplan has served in leadership roles in the private sector, including work as director of operations for Bondstone Ventures and director of strategic planning for Hauser Homes, Inc. He worked as a strategic business consultant with Family Business Consulting Group from 1997-2004, and has continued work as an independent consultant specializing in strategic planning, organizational management and innovation management since that time.

Indiana Tech’s search for its new vice president for academic affairs was facilitated by higher education executive search firm RH Perry & Associates. Dr. Kaplan was chosen by the university’s leadership and search committee from an initial field of 49 applicants.

Mount St. Mary’s University Taps Michael Driscoll as dean of Bolte School of Business

EMMITSBURG, Md. (December 14, 2017) – Following a national search, Mount St. Mary’s University has named Michael J. Driscoll, Ed.D., as dean of the Richard J. Bolte, Sr. School of Business, effective in July 2018. He brings to the Mount the knowledge gained from a 28-year career on Wall Street as well as seven years as a professor.

Driscoll, who currently is clinical professor and senior executive in residence in the Robert B. Willumstad School of Business at Adelphi University, is widely recognized as an expert on fiscal and monetary issues and is often quoted in national media, including The New York Times, National Public Radio and U.S. News & World Report.

“We are thrilled to have Mike join our Mount community,” said President Timothy E. Trainor, Ph.D. “His insights into how the business world works will be invaluable in helping our students succeed.”

“I am excited to join the university and to help students navigate their own journeys,” Driscoll said. “I believe the combination of the Mount’s values and Catholic history, along with the Bolte School’s knowledgeable faculty, will guide students to success as ethical decision makers, setting them up for a lifetime of success in the business world.”

Driscoll joins the Mount at an important time as momentum builds from a series of leadership and academic successes, including a 24 percent increase in freshman enrollment; approval of a strategic plan; the introduction of four academic programs (cybersecurity, politics/philosophy/economics, entrepreneurship, and forensic accounting); articulation agreements in cybersecurity, biology and seven liberal arts majors with Frederick Community College; and the offering of Fulbright English Teaching Assistant grants to three recent graduates. He will serve as part of a team of top academic leaders.

Driscoll’s career on Wall Street included stints at Smith Barney, Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette and Bear Stearns & Co. as well as several years as the global head of trading at a hedge fund. During his time at Adelphi, he has served as advisor to the student finance society and as an assistant golf coach. He also is a member of the board of his alma mater Xavier High School in New York City and chairs its advancement committee. He played rugby in high school and college and enjoys watching Ireland’s World Cup rugby matches.

Driscoll holds a Bachelor of Science in marine transportation from SUNY Maritime College, a Master of Business Administration from Adelphi University and a Doctor of Education in higher education management from the University of Pennsylvania. At the completion of his doctoral studies at Penn, Driscoll was awarded a Fulbright Specialist scholarship, which he completed at The National University of Ireland, Galway.

Umberger named Associate Vice President of Marketing and Communications

BLOOMSBURG–Jennifer Umberger has been named Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania’s associate vice president for marketing and communications.

Umberger comes to Bloomsburg after serving as the director of university marketing at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania since February 2012. As director of university marketing, she oversaw all marketing efforts pertaining to enrollment as well as academic, athletic and presidential programming. She created a comprehensive marketing and advertising program for the university and led the institutional market research and brand development projects. She has received numerous Higher Ed Marketing advertising awards for her work as well as CUPRAP, ADDY and People’s Choice awards.

Prior to Kutztown, she worked as a senior marketing manager for Cassidy Turley (dba Cushman & Wakefield) for six years in the Minneapolis/St. Paul office where she was in charge of marketing, public relations, events, and was a senior leader on the team that supported the Cassidy Turley brand development. Umberger spent a decade in commercial real estate and worked in the furniture industry following her early career in higher education with Franklin (Ind.) College and Albion (Mich.) College.

She is a graduate of Albion (Mich.) College and received her MBA from Augsburg (Minn.) University. She and her husband, Stuart, reside in Ephrata.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 9,600 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.

West Virginia University at Parkersburg prepping to find a new president

PARKERSBURG — The search for the new president of West Virginia University at Parkersburg will begin in earnest as the Board of Governors approved the hiring of a search firm to lead that search.

On Wednesday, the board approved the hiring of RH Perry & Associates. The firm’s primary focus is to assist institutions of higher education in the identification and selection of their leadership.

“I would like to thank the board for putting their trust in us to assist you in the most important task you have going, to find a president that will be a great fit for where the institution is now and where the institution sees itself going in the next 5-10-15 years,” said Jesse M. Thompson, senior consultant.

WVU-P is looking for a new president following the departure of Fletcher Lamkin in November. Jane Milley has been serving as interim president for the college since Lamkin left.

The company has been in business for over 40 years and has conducted over 1,000 searches.

Thompson said their job is to “assist” the institution in doing the background work and bringing qualified applicants to the institution’s search committee.

“What are the challenges as you look out some 10 years and what are the opportunities you think this new president will be able to take advantage of to be able to move this institution to its next level of greatness,” he said.

Once they know that, they will look at the professional credentials needed by a candidate to best fill the job.

“We listen to everybody and then we are able to put together an executive search profile and that serves as the blueprint for the entire search,” Thompson said.

They would talk with potential applicants and work with the school’s marketing people on where to advertise for the position and come up with a “solid, highly qualified pool of candidates in terms of experience and in terms of what the candidate can bring to the institution,” he said.

Then they will begin the process of recruiting, sending out correspondence to people in the higher education community to see if they are interested in the position or know someone who might be interested in the position, Thompson said. They will also contact people who were involved in past searches, he said.

They conduct interviews with potential candidates and have a recording of the interviews available to the university’s search committee for review.

They work closely with the search committee to put together a qualified list of candidates as well as make sure the candidates are right for the position.

“You are looking at whether that person is a good fit for you, the candidates are looking at if you are a good fit for them,” Thompson said, adding they want to make the process as transparent as possible.

John M. Hutchinson, senior consultant, said they also look at what the candidate’s salary expectations are and if they are involved in any other searches.

“The one thing we don’t want to happen is for you to select a candidate and find out at the last minute that the salary structure is inadequate or they are involved in another search and they are going to continue with that one,” he said. “We try to keep on top of all of those things.”

The search committee would pick the best 3-5 candidates to bring on campus for interviews.

The company does background checks, reference checks and talks with other people who can give insight on the candidates. They do criminal checks, civil checks, check their driving records, credit records, and degree verification.

“All of that information is made available to the governing board,” Thompson said in addition to the interviews that were already conducted.

Mercyhurst names new dean of Walker College

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Mercyhurst University Provost David Dausey, Ph.D., announced the appointment of Brenda J. Ponsford, Ph.D., J.D., as the new dean of the Walker College of Business, effective Jan. 2, 2018. Previously, Ponsford served as dean of the Sydney Lewis School of Business at Virginia Union University (VUU).

“We are fortunate to have attracted a leader of Dr. Ponsford’s caliber to serve as our business dean,” said Dausey, who identified her as an efficient and effective administrator as well as a pragmatic, caring problem-solver. “I am looking forward to working with Dr. Ponsford as Mercyhurst continues to strengthen its business program and prepare students for success in today’s ever-changing business world.”

In accepting the position, Ponsford said, “It is an honor to join such an innovative university. I am excited to be part of the Mercyhurst family and am looking forward to working with the faculty and staff of the Walker College of Business.”

Prior to her tenure at VUU, Ponsford was dean of Business and Aviation at Henderson State University (the public liberal arts university of Arkansas); and served as the MBA director and the marketing department chairperson at Clarion University of Pennsylvania.

Ponsford has extensive experience teaching and consulting, conducting research and developing strategic partnerships with key institutions, meeting with foundations, college administrators and recruiting students in 20 European nations, 12 Asian nations, Palestine, Israel and Australia.

She earned her doctorate in business administration, MBA and Bachelor of Science in Marketing and Economics from Virginia Tech and her juris doctor from Concord University School of Law.

She is widely published and has presented at more than 50 conferences here and abroad. Among her primary teaching and research interests are B2B Marketing, Channels, Customer Service, eCommerce, Logistics, Negotiation, Promotion and Strategy.

Jason Geiken Named Associate Vice President for Development

December 05, 2017

Jason Geiken, most recently the Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Hannibal-LaGrange University in Missouri, has been named associate vice president for development at Stanislaus State beginning December 11, 2017.

“We were searching for someone like Jason who had substantive experience raising private support for higher education and who was ready to hit the ground running,” said Michele Lahti, vice president for university advancement. “His proven fundraising abilities, management and people skills, and his enthusiasm about moving to California’s Central Valley, will serve him well in this important role at this exciting time for Stanislaus State.”

Geiken, a native of Des Moines, Iowa, earned his bachelor’s degree from Baptist College of Florida and his MBA from Iowa State University, where he later served as director of development for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

“I am so thankful and absolutely thrilled to be joining President Ellen Junn, Dr. Lahti, and an incredible team of advancement professionals at California State University, Stanislaus,” Geiken said. “This institution is at an exciting point in its history, and is primed to enjoy tremendous growth and progress in the coming years.

“I’m looking forward to meeting the many friends and partners of Stan State who have invested so much of themselves in this University over the years. In addition, my wife Bethany and I are excited to be coming to California, and especially excited about raising our family in Turlock and the Central Valley.”

The associate vice president position has been vacant for more than a year, and the duties have been performed by Director of Alumni Relations Lisa McMullen, who served as interim associate vice president while also maintaining her responsibilities to Stan State’s alumni base of more than 57,000 graduates.

Lahti also wishes to express her gratitude to the search committee chaired by Kevin Brunk, director of major giving. The committee also included McMullen; Dr. Jeffrey Frost, assistant professor, Department of Anthropology, Geography and Ethnic Studies; Dr. Anne Stokman, assistant professor, School of Nursing; and Dr. James Tuedio, dean, College of the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences.

Mount St. Mary’s University Names Boyd Creasman as Provost

EMMITSBURG, Md. (November 1, 2017) – Following a national search, Mount St. Mary’s University has hired Boyd Creasman, Ph.D., as provost, effective in January 2018. He will provide the leadership and advocacy necessary for continued enhancement of the Mount’s outstanding faculty and academic programs.

Creasman, who currently is provost of West Virginia Wesleyan University, will serve as the chief academic officer of the Mount, acting as the principal champion for innovative vision, leadership, and direction for the university and its academic programs.

“We are excited to have Boyd join our Mount community,” said President Timothy E. Trainor, Ph.D. “Student success is our top priority in our just-released strategic plan, and I am confident that he will help lead our academic program to an even higher level of excellence. We look forward to Boyd helping lead Mount St. Mary’s University into the future.”

“I am incredibly pleased to join the Mount community,” Creasman said. “This university offers a rich tradition and history, excellent programs and extremely talented and dedicated faculty. The Mount has an exciting future, and I am honored to be given an opportunity to play a role in its continuing success.”

Creasman joins the Mount at an important time as momentum builds from a series of leadership and academic successes, including a 24 percent increase in freshman enrollment; approval of a strategic plan; the introduction of four academic programs (cybersecurity, politics/philosophy/economics, entrepreneurship, and forensic accounting); articulation agreements in cybersecurity and biology with Frederick Community College; and the awarding of Fulbright English Teaching Assistant grants to three recent graduates. As the Mount launches searches for two academic deans, Trainor and Creasman will build a team of top academic leaders.

Creasman’s four years as West Virginia Wesleyan’s provost resulted in considerable progress in assessing student learning and aiding faculty in becoming more effective in their teaching. He helped develop a profitable graduate program in nursing and co-wrote a grant proposal that resulted in a $10 million five-year Title III grant focused on improving student success and student engagement. Prior to becoming chief academic officer, Creasman held a number of administrative roles at West Virginia Wesleyan, including service as English department chair, director of the School of Fine Arts and Humanities and founder and director of the first-year seminar program.

Earlier in his career, Creasman enjoyed a career as an English professor at West Virginia Wesleyan, teaching a range of literature and writing classes. He has published articles and presented conference papers on writers as diverse as Anton Chekhov, Graham Greene and Jayne Anne Phillips. Building upon research informed by his teaching of Appalachian literature, Creasman in 2016 published Writing West Virginia, the first study of literature from the Mountain State to analyze multiple authors.

Creasman holds a Bachelor of Arts from Middle Tennessee State University and Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in English from Florida State University.

Business leader named CEO of Independence Mission Schools

Independence Mission Schools, the nonprofit that manages a network of inner-city Catholic schools, is scheduled to announce a new leader Thursday.

Richard Auletta, 53, who has years of business technology experience, has been chosen to become president and CEO as of June 12.

Independence Mission Schools (IMS) announced in December that it was beginning a national search to fill the new position of CEO, to build on the success of the network created in 2012 to preserve Catholic elementary schools in inner-city neighborhoods.

Anne McGoldrick, the network’s founding chief financial officer who became president in 2015, will remain through the summer to help with the transition and then will join the board.

“IMS gets under your skin,” she said. “I do plan to stay involved.”

Brian McElwee, chair of the board, called Auletta a welcome addition to the team.

“With an extensive background in leadership and management, he is uniquely qualified to develop people, procedures and infrastructure to continue the successful advancement of the IMS network,” McElwee said in a statement.

Auletta, of Lower Makefield, Bucks County, said he was looking forward to applying his experience to IMS. “I want to continue to evolve this organization from early stage to middle stage,” he said  Wednesday.

From 2011 to 2016, Auletta was CEO and president of Softgate Systems Inc., a New Jersey company that offers an electronic payment system that lets consumers in low-income communities pay their bills for utilities and other services with cash at participating stores and outlets.

He became familiar with IMS when the network made arrangements with Softgate so parents could pay tuition at between 10 and 20 of Softgate’s outlets in Philadelphia.

Auletta’s resumé also includes executive positions at Princeton eCom, TheStreet.com, and Standard & Poor’s Corp.

While those jobs were outside the field of education, Auletta said, he has been involved with nonprofit educational organizations, including helping build a high school for 525 students in Uganda that will celebrate its 10th anniversary in 2018.

“There is a personal connection around education,” he said.

Independence Mission Schools enrolls nearly 5,000 children at 14 former parish schools. Parents receive financial support to help them pay tuition.