November 2013

November 6th, 2013 by Julie

Provost Report for the Month of

November 2013 

Julie Bernier

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Changes in the College of Graduate Studies

It is with mixed emotions that I let you know that Associate VP George Tuthill has announced his retirement in December. George has served as the interim associate vice president of the College of Graduate Studies since 2009 during a time of transition as we’ve worked to implement the academic colleges.  George was a calming force in the months following the loss of former AVP Dennise Maslakowski and has become an exceptional member of the academic leadership team.  George’s experience as a highly successful and distinguished professor of physics and prior roles as Associate Dean and Dean at Montana State came in handy, to say the least.  Through his leadership, the College of Graduate Studies grew in the number of programs, students, and faculty.  Additionally George played a critical role in facilitating grant-funded projects, most notably the INBRE and EPSCoR, the NIH and NSF (respectively) funded projects.  During his time we have been able to increase funding to support graduate students, adding additional graduate assistantships and increasing the stipend paid to G.A.s.  In addition to his administrative leadership role, George is actively teaching in both the Ed. Leadership and MS in Environmental Science and Policy graduate programs at PSU.  George’s leadership will be greatly missed.

Gail Mears, Dean of Education, Health, and Human Services will serve as interim AVP while maintaining her role as Dean until the position is filled.  We will plan to conduct a national search with the best timing to attract the strongest candidates.

NEASC visit wraps up

I know the President will mention the NEASC visit in her report, but I would be remiss if I did not add my thanks to the team. Today is the final day of our NEASC site-visit and we will be hearing preliminary results this morning.  I want to thank everyone who took part in the multi-year process of engaging in the self-study and in meeting with the visitors over the last three days.  Most especially I’d like to thank:

Nancy Betchart, Chair of the NEASC Steering Committee and our NEASC Liaison,

Steering Committee members:

David Berona, Dean, Library & Academic Support Services
Scott Coykendall, Assoc. Professor,, Communication & Media Studies
Irene Cucina, Educator Preparation & Health and Human Performance
Richard Grossman, Assistant VP & Chief Information Officer
Annette Holba, Communication and Media Studies
Tim Keefe, Dean of Students
Tim Kershner – Director of Public Relations
Joyce Larson, Dir. Institutional Research & Assessment
Daniel Moore, College of Business Administration
Christie Sweeney, Educational Leadership, Learning and Curriculum
George Tuthill, Interim AVP College of Graduate Studies
David Zehr, Assoc. VP for Undergraduate Studies
Cabinet members: Steve Barba, Jim Hundreiser, Steve Taksar

And a big thanks to Laura Hinman in the President’s office who handled the logistics of the visit.


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