Manchester University names three new deans

Manchester University today announces that three additional academic deans have been appointed. All are new positions.

The new positions are part of strategic organizational changes, with a four-college structure and two new student centers, designed to strengthen student learning and the student experience.

Leonard WilliamsLeonard Williams, professor of political science, is dean of the College of Education and Social Sciences.

A 1974 graduate of Southern Illinois University, the Fort Wayne resident earned his master’s degree from SIU in 1976 and his Ph.D. from The Ohio State University in 1981. A scholar of American politics, Williams’ work has been published extensively. He is the author of one book and co-editor of two more.

“He started teaching at Manchester in 1982 and has deep experience as a faculty leader, serving multiple terms as department chair, Faculty Executive Committee chair and Social Science Division chair,” said Tim McElwee, vice president for academic resources, in announcing the appointments.

Thelma RohrerThelma Rohrer, chair of the Department of Art and director of MU’s international studies and honors programs, is dean of the College of Arts and Humanities.

A 1984 Manchester graduate with degrees in art and German, the North Manchester resident earned a master’s degree at Michigan State University and has studied at The Ohio State University, the University of Michigan and the University of Notre Dame.

“With vast experience in international travel, Thelma has played an important role in encouraging MU students to study abroad and preparing them for that transformative experience,” McElwee said. “She is an enthusiastic teacher, a respected colleague, and an admired mentor.”

Tim OgdenTim Ogden, professor and chair of the Department of Accounting and Business, is dean of the College of Business.

A 1987 graduate of Manchester University, the Pendleton resident earned a master of business administration from Claremont Graduate University and a doctor of jurisprudence from the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis.

In addition to experience in private law practice, Ogden has 25 years of experience teaching at Manchester.

“He is highly respected as a faculty leader and has earned the admiration of colleagues and students alike,” McElwee said.

Raylene Rospond of Fort Wayne is vice president for institutional effectiveness and was named dean of the new College of Pharmacy, Natural and Health Sciences in May.

Huntington-area resident Allen Machielson was named dean of student experience in July.

A sixth dean will oversee the Student Success Center.

The reorganization makes it easier to add programs and help students succeed, further integrating academics and other aspects of student experience at Manchester, such as service learning and experiential learning.

Manchester University, with campuses in North Manchester and Fort Wayne, Ind., offers more than 60 areas of academic study to nearly 1,500 students in undergraduate programs, a Master of Athletic Training and a four-year professional Doctor of Pharmacy.  Learn more about the private, northern Indiana school at

Aug. 19, 2015

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