National Searches Begin for New University Life Vice President, CNHS Dean

Posted: February 3, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Amy Biderman and Jeremy Lasich

National searches for a new vice president for University Life and a new dean in the College of Nursing and Health Science (CNHS) are under way.

The University Life job posting, which closes Feb. 23, is seeking someone who will continue the “university’s commitment to integrating the curricular and co-curricular aspects of students’ lives.”

The search was originally intended to be internal only, but was opened up nationally to “get the largest and best applicant pool possible,” according to Marilyn Mobley McKenzie, associate provost for educational programs and chair of the search committee. The committee will look at candidates who are faculty members with administrative and undergraduate teaching experience, as well as experienced professionals who work with student groups and student services.

“We want to build on the good foundation that Karen Rosenblum [current vice president for University Life] has built,” says McKenzie. “We are looking for someone who can foster a campus community and extend the bridges between academic affairs and student affairs. The person we select must also have demonstrated experience attending to matters of diversity.”

The committee hopes to fill the position by mid-semester, with the new vice president taking over in May. In addition to McKenzie, members of the committee are:

  • Rose Pascarell, University Life

  • Pat Carretta, Career Services

  • Peter Pober, Communication

  • Rei Berroa, Modern and Classical Languages

  • Benson Cooke, Black Peer Counseling

  • Fu-Lin Lee, Counseling Center

  • Chris Chisler, University Services

  • Bill Sutton, Electrical and Computer Engineering

  • Richard Coffinberger, Faculty Senate and School of Management

  • Stacey Remick-Simkins, Staff Senate and English

  • Sarah Godlewski, Student Government

  • Whitney Graves, Student Senate

Daniele Struppa, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, who has headed several other searches, is chairing the CNHS Search Committee. He notes that the result of the search is very important to George Mason because the College of Nursing and Health Science is such a strong part of the university community. “For many years, CNHS has been ranked in the top 50 nursing colleges in the nation,” he says. “With the workforce demand for nurses assuming crisis proportions, our capability to continue to provide leadership in this area is important to the university, the community, and the nation. Both the provost and the president are deeply committed to a strong hire.”

The committee hopes to have a new dean in place for the 2004-05 academic year. In addition to Struppa, members of the committee are:

  • Sunny Rome, Social Work

  • Teresa Panniers, CNHS

  • Martin Atherton, CNHS

  • Kathleen Gaffney, CNHS

  • Jolene Tornabeni, Inova Health System

  • Teresa Klaasen, Board of Visitors

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