Preview of upcoming strategic leadership transitions

DATE:             July 13, 2018

TO:                  Faculty and Staff

FROM:            Turina Bakken, Ph.D., Provost

RE:                  Preview of Upcoming Strategic Leadership Shifts 

To follow up on the organizational transitions announced last week by Dr. Daniels, here is a preview of upcoming strategic transitions related to the academic arena. These and future changes are aimed at creating new organizational synergies, supporting innovation, leveraging and growing existing talent, and finding ways to grow enrollment and revenue in times of constrained resources. Ultimately, these changes are aimed at strengthening the student experience and ensuring access and success for all of our students.

Thanks to Dr. Daniels, Kate Jochimsen, HR Business Partner, and the HR team for their collaborative support. I would also like to emphasize that no new positions were added to accomplish this strategic realignment, and future national searches will be planned for all interim positions.

School of Health Education (SoHE) and School of Applied Science, Engineering and Technology (ASET)
As of August, 1, 2018, Dr. Denise Reimer will be promoted to Executive Dean and will have strategic oversight over SoHE and ASET. Randy Way will assume the Interim Dean of ASET role and Kathy Spada will shift into an Interim Associate Dean role in ASET. Later in the fall semester, Dr. Kendricks Hooker, currently Associate Dean in Arts and Sciences, will become the Interim Dean of SoHE. The leadership team of Kendricks and Denise, along with Associate Dean Sandy Docter, has been strengthened with the recent hires of Associate Deans of Nursing, Dr. Ernise Williams and Dr. Lisa Marie Greenwood. As noted in Dr. Daniels' announcement, Dr. Mark Lausch will be promoted to a senior leadership position in the area of strategic planning, accreditation and institutional effectiveness under the leadership of Dr. Tim Casper. 

School of Business and Applied Arts
Welcome and congratulations to Dr. Marsha Tweedy who was named Associate Dean in Business and Applied Arts after a national search.

Provost office
Ann Camillo, executive assistant to the Provost, will shift into a new role aimed at strengthening and supporting our Shared Governance system. This position will be housed under the new Organizational Excellence umbrella under the leadership of Ali Zarrinnam and Dr. Tim Casper. Jennifer Zarrinnam, current executive assistant to the Provost, will take on enhanced responsibility for supporting the Provost office.  In addition, Dr. Geoff Bradshaw and the Center for International Education will now reside in the academic arena under the leadership of the Provost. 

New Strategic Academic Initiatives Unit
In order to advance and support innovation in academics and strengthen faculty development and excellence, Dr. Shawna Carter will be promoted to a senior leadership positon focused on Strategic Academic Initiatives. In this role, she will continue to lead the School of Human and Protective Services as Dean, but will also have strategic oversight of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL), Academic Strategy and Analysis (ASA), the University Partnership Center (UPC) and academic planning.  Sarah Fritz will pivot to a new leadership role as Dean of Faculty. This position is responsible for the development, retention, evaluation and promotion of Madison College’s full-time faculty in a way that advances the college’s teaching and learning mission.  Sarah will oversee the probationary process, FQAS offerings, the new faculty compensation system, and sabbaticals, among other things. In addition, Tina Rettler-Pagel will remain a resource faculty but her talents will shift to strategic oversight and continued development of online learning. We welcome David Leo to this team as the new Blackboard/LMS leader for faculty support.

Strategic Partnerships and Innovation Unit
Dean Schauna Rasmussen will lead a new center focused on K-12 strategy and engagement. She will work with Juanita Comeau’s team to create a value hub for K-12 relationships, services and academic offerings. This center will work horizontally across the college to advance our commitment and opportunity in the K-12 realm. Also under this umbrella, led by AVP Bryan Woodhouse, a new Digital Credentials Institute (DCI) was formed to leverage our national reputation in micro-credentials and digital badges. DCI will be led by Dean Kathleen Radionoff.  

Again, details and further communication will be shared as this evolution continues. There is exciting momentum at Madison College….thank you all for your part in it. If you have any questions or ideas, please let me know.



Published July 13, 2018. Updated August 17, 2018.