Academic leadership changes

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Meet the men and women who will implement change at St. Cloud State as the 18,000-student university emerges from academic reorganization.

New academic structures

Read a story about the university's reorganized schools and colleges.

View the new academic organizational chart (PDF)

New and interim administrators are assuming duties in and around the July 1 start of the new fiscal year. Next school year search committees will begin looking for permanent leaders for the interim positions.

Two leaders, David DeGroote, dean of the College of Science and Engineering, and Diana Lawson, dean of the renamed Herberger Business School, retained their posts.

“I am very pleased with the way these individuals have managed a complex and difficult transition process this semester,” said Devinder Malhotra, provost and assistant vice president of academic affairs.

School of Public Affairs
Orn Bodvarsson is the interim dean until June 30, 2012. A search begins fall 2011.

The new school has four departments: Criminal Justice Studies, Economics, Political Science, and Geography, Planning and Community Development.

Bodvarsson, who holds a doctorate from Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada, begins work immediately. He was previously a professor of economics and chair of the Department of Management at St. Cloud State.

School of Health & Human Services
Monica Devers is the interim dean until June 30, 2012. A search begins fall 2011.

Health & Human Services includes these departments: Nursing Sciences, Social Work, Gerontology, and Communication Sciences and Disorders, Kinesiology, Health and Physical Education, Counseling and Community Psychology, and Medical Lab, Nuclear and Radiologic Technology.

Devers, who holds holds three master's degrees and a doctorate. is an associate professor and chair in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders.

She begins her new job July 15.

Herberger Business School
Diana Lawson, dean, leads the unit formerly known as the Herberger College of Business. It has five departments: Accounting, Management, Marketing & Business Law, Information Systems, and Finance, Insurance & Real Estate Law.

School of Education
Osman Lutterodt Alawiye is the new dean for the unit formerly known as the College of Education.

An administrator in the State University of New York system, Alawiye holds a law degree and a doctorate in curriculum and instruction. Learn more about this veteran higher education professional.

Alawiye takes over July 1 for the interim dean, Glen Palm.

The school has these departments: Child and Family Studies, Human Relations, Special Education, Information Media, Teacher Education, and Educational Leadership and Administration.

College of Liberal Arts and School of the Arts
Through June 30, 2012, Mark Springer will be the interim dean of two newly formed entities, the College of Liberal Arts and School of the Arts (COLA). A search begins fall 2011.

Raymond Philippot will be associate dean for both entities through June 30, 2012. In spring 2012, the university will search for a permanent associate dean of COLA. That individual will report to the dean and lead the School of the Arts.

COLA includes these departments: Communication Studies, Foreign Languages, History, Philosophy, Sociology & Anthropology, English, Mass Communications, Psychology, Religious Studies, and Global, Ethnic and Women's Studies.

College of Science & Engineering and School of Computing, Engineering & Environment

David DeGroote, dean, leads the reconfigured College of Science & Engineering (COSE).

Kurt Helgeson remains interim associate dean of COLA. A search begins in fall 2011.

The permanent associate dean will be charged with leading the School of Computing, Engineering & Environment, which includes five departments: Earth & Atmospheric Science, Computer Science & Information Technology, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering, Environmental & Technology Studies, and Electrical & Computer Engineering.

Learning Resources & Technology Services

Ruth Zietlow is the interim dean of Learning Resources, the academic portion of Learning Resources & Technology Services. A national search for a permanent dean is expected this fall.

Technology services housed in the Miller Center are part of a campus-wide technology reorganization that is being managed by the university's Technology Transition Workgroup in consultation with Kaludis Consulting, Washington, D.C.

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