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Rospond named vice president for academic affairs at Manchester

Raylene Rospond

Raylene Rospond has been named vice president for academic affairs at Manchester University, effective today. 

“I know Raylene to be a gifted administrator and passionate advocate for students, faculty and staff,” said President Dave McFadden announcing the appointment Monday, March 13, to faculty and staff. “She’s good, we know her and she knows us.”

Those reporting to her will be the college deans, deans of student success and student experience, assistant vice president for institutional quality and success, registrar, director of library and academic technology, and a new dean for shared undergraduate programs.

Rospond, who has a doctoral degree in pharmacy, joined Manchester in July 2014 as vice president and dean of what was then the College of Pharmacy at Manchester’s Fort Wayne campus. She led the Pharmacy Program through the accreditation process and development of a master’s program in pharmacogenomics. 

In 2015, the University went through a restructuring process that resulted in Rospond assuming the role of vice president of institutional effectiveness and dean of the College of Pharmacy, Natural and Health Sciences in July 2015. That college includes undergraduate and graduate programs.

McFadden said Rospond was drawn to Manchester from Drake University by a deep appreciation of MU’s mission and values, and the distinctive integration of both in its Pharmacy Program. He described her as a “champion of strong academic programs across the University. Throughout, she has provided effective leadership and administrative strength.”

Her experience before Manchester equips her well for this role. She did undergraduate teaching at Drake and Creighton universities and also served as a faculty associate in the Center for Health Policy and Ethics at Creighton.

She came up from the faculty ranks, McFadden said, which makes her uniquely qualified for this position.

Rospond has more than 25 years of academic experience in clinical practice, didactic and experiential teaching, scholarship and administration. Prior to coming to Manchester, she served as the deputy provost at Drake following 10 years as the dean of Drake’s College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. 


About Manchester University
Manchester University, with campuses in North Manchester and Fort Wayne, Ind., offers more than 60 areas of academic study to 1,600 students in undergraduate programs, a Master of Athletic Training, a Master of Pharmacogenomics and a four-year professional Doctor of Pharmacy.  Learn more about the private, northern Indiana school at www.manchester.edu.

March 13, 2017