Manchester University announces reorganization

President Dave McFaddenManchester University President Dave McFadden today is publicly announcing changes in how the University is organized. These changes are designed to strengthen student learning, the student experience and the University overall.

Students, trustees, faculty, staff and alumni have been contacted about the changes over the past few days.

“In the long run, this will help students succeed, and create more synergy between academics and other aspects of your experience here, such as service learning and experiential learning,” McFadden said in the email to students. “The plan will make it easier for us to add programs in the future and it will make MU more competitive among other colleges and universities.”

He said the reorganization will help:

  • Strengthen student learning
  • Provide student services more effectively
  • Further grow enrollment
  • Develop new academic programs and partnerships
  • Increase academic, research, internship and service opportunities for students

Manchester is adopting the college model, which is typical of most universities. Beginning July 1, MU will be organized into four colleges:

  • College of Arts and Humanities will include art, English, gender studies, modern languages, music, peace studies, philosophy and religious studies. 
  • College of Business will include accounting, business management, entrepreneurial studies, finance, marketing, sales, and sport management.
  • College of Education and Social Sciences will include communication studies, criminal justice, economics, education, educational studies, gerontology, history, international studies, physical education, political science, psychology, social work and sociology.  
  • College of Pharmacy, Natural and Health Sciences will include athletic training, biology, biology-chemistry, chemistry, computer science, environmental studies, exercise science and fitness, mathematics, pharmacy, pharmacogenomics, physics, post-baccalaureate pre-health, and pre-pharmacy. 

The University will also launch two student centers that will cluster vital student services, making it much easier for students to receive the assistance they need.

The MU leadership team will stay largely the same, though the changes will require some realignment of their responsibilities. The President’s Cabinet will include:

  • Whitney Caudill, vice president for strategic initiatives and external relations
  • Jack Gochenaur, vice president for finance and treasurer
  • Melanie Harmon, vice president for advancement
  • Tim McElwee, vice president for academic resources, will oversee three of the four colleges — Arts and Humanities; Business; and Education and Social Sciences — as well as the Student Experience Center and the Center for Effective Teaching and Learning. He’ll also oversee the library, athletics, the liberal arts core, First Year Seminar, the Honors Program, registrar, VIA and study abroad.
  • Scott Ochander, vice president for enrollment and marketing
  • Raylene Rospond, vice president for institutional effectiveness and dean of the College of Pharmacy, Natural and Health Sciences, will oversee the Student Success Center; and the Office of Institutional Effectiveness.

 “The reorganization will create new opportunities for all of us — faculty, staff and students — to become our best selves. The changes will strengthen Manchester now and for years to come, and a stronger University will add lasting value to your Manchester degree,” McFadden said to students.

May 7, 2015

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