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Accomplishments as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Benedictine University (2003-2007)

The university, a selective suburban university (West Chicago suburbs), has 5300 students, 15 million in federal research, cooperative relationships with Argonne and Fermi national laboratories, a two-year college in Springfield, Illinois, and an operating budget of 65 million.  As Provost and VPAA I had oversight of all deans, directors, libraries, museums, the registrar, research and counseling services, adult education, community outreach and mission-related offices.

  • Increased retention, enrollment grew by nearly 15% during my tenure.

  • Increased the size of the full-time faculty by 10%.

  • Initiated a faculty development program which included start-up grants for young scientists.

  • Initiated new academic programs in public administration, education and public health, revised policies and procedures of the Institutional Review Board.

  • Revised and reorganized business practices for academic affairs, worked with local community colleges to initiate a tracking system and assessment for student success.

  • Increased emphasis on student, faculty, and staff diversity which resulted in Benedictine being one of the most diverse liberal arts universities in the U.S.

  • Facilitated academic program prioritization, the establishment of new interdisciplinary degrees and self-sustaining graduate programs.

  • Initiated a grant that resulted in Benedictine being one of four universities selected for a Middle Eastern partnership (U.S. Department of State, MEPI Grant). Benedictine was the only religiously affiliated school to obtain this distinction.

  • Facilitated, developed and staffed two new colleges; the College of Science and the College of Professional Studies; hired Deans, supported graduate education and secured funding.

  • Studied the feasibility (and developed the resources) for establishing a law school.

  • Developed, revised, and implemented a comprehensive faculty handbook, revised rank and tenure policies with faculty senate; developed a structure and process to oversee academic assessment and accreditation.

  • Initiated overseas MBA and MIS programs with three universities in the People’s Republic of China, established a partnership and joint programs with the Catholic University in Spain.

  • Revised oversight procedures for the university museum, enhanced library funding and the University art collection; secured ongoing funding for art, sculpture and design programs.

  • Successfully managed a complete institutional accreditation using AQIP methodologies.

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