As the 2012-2013 academic year approaches there are exciting changes happening across campus. Over the summer new deans were appointed, along with the renaming of two Schools within the University.
The School of Bible and Ministry is now the School of Divinity, the School of Arts and Sciences is now the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and the Masland Learning Resource Center is now the Masland Library. Along with these changes comes a change in leadership within these schools.
Dr. Jean Minto will begin a new role as Vice Provost for Academic Effectiveness. Reporting to Dr. Brian Toews, Sr. Vice President and Provost, Jean will provide essential support in the areas of accreditation, assessment, faculty development, and institutional research. Jean brings five years of experience as Dean, School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and has been a faculty member for 19 years. Jean will continue to serve on the Academic Leadership Team.
Dr. Jason VanBilliardDr. Jason VanBilliard will serve as the Dean, School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, stepping into the role vacated by Dr. Jean Minto. Jason returns to the School in which he began his career at the University, having taught in Arts and Sciences from ’01/’02 through ’03/’04. Since fall 2004, Jason has been a faculty member in the School of Education where he served one year as Associate Dean. Jason’s administrative and leadership skills are evident to those who have worked with him as colleagues or fellow committee members. As Dean, Jason will be a new member of the Academic Leadership Team.
Dr. Jonathan MasterDr. Jonathan Master will serve as the Dean, School of Divinity. Following the passing of former dean, Dr. Herb Hirt in April, Dr. Brian Toews temporarily fulfilled the duties of dean. Jonathan, who has overseen, and will continue to oversee, the Center for University Studies, was deemed well-prepared and well-qualified to assume the duties of Dean of the School. Jonathan has been with the University since July, 2011. As Dean, Jonathan will be a new member of the Academic Leadership Team.
Dr. Timothy Hui has served as Vice President, Educational Resources since January, 2008. As a member of the President’s Cabinet, his responsibilities included leadership of assessment and accreditation matters. Tim has been a strong advocate for the University’s curriculum changes and the name change. Effective July 1, Tim’s role has changed to Dean, Educational Resources, in which he will focus on making improvements to services provided in the Masland Library, as well as resuming long-term work on archives. He will continue to serve in an advisory capacity to Dr. Jean Minto as she assumes the role of Vice Provost for Academic Effectiveness, as well as to the President and the Provost. Tim will continue to serve on the Academic Leadership Team.
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