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McKenna-Buchanan named director of Honors Program at Manchester

Tim McKenna BuchananTim McKenna-Buchanan of Fort Wayne is the new Honors Program director at Manchester University.

"My hope is to foster a program centered around leadership and service. One that utilizes our honors students' talents to build and strengthen our campus and community," he said.

The first priority of the University’s strategic plan is to inspire effective learning that enables students to succeed beyond their own expectations.
Beginning in spring semester, McKenna-Buchanan will move forward on action steps designed to support that priority:

  • Enhancing the quality and rigor of the Honors Program
  • Promoting and recruiting for the Honors Program
  • Advising advanced Honors Program students in planning for the capstone honors experience
  • Developing a robust learning community of honors students
  • Developing a robust Honors Leadership Council 
    The Honors Program will have a dedicated learning space for honors students in the new Lockie and Augustus Chinworth Center, which is scheduled to open in fall 2019.

    “I am excited to have such an innovative and passionate leader committed to enhancing the curricular and co-curricular experience of our honors students,” said Raylene Rospond, vice president for academic and student affairs, in announcing the of selection of McKenna-Buchanan.

The Honors Committee, made up of faculty, students and staff, has been working toward:

  • Implementing early registration for first-year Honors Program students
  • Enhancing screening of Honors Scholar candidates, including in-person interviews
  • Creating pre-arranged course conversions to aid students in registering for and obtaining Honors course credit 
  • Hosting Honors student events, including Finals Study Table

    McKenna-Buchanan holds his doctorate in communications studies from Ohio University, received a master’s degree in communication from Illinois State University and a bachelor’s degree in speech communication from Wayne State College.

    An assistant professor, he began at Manchester in 2014. 

Those interested in the program may email kadwyer@manchester.edu.

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About Manchester University
Manchester University, with campuses in North Manchester and Fort Wayne, Ind., offers more than 60 areas of academic study to nearly 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.

January 2018