LEADERSHIP CHANGES IN ACADEMIC AFFAIRS – A Message from Provost Tomás D. Morales

The beginning of Fall Quarter is just around the quarter and the division of Academic Affairs has a number of changes in leadership positions to announce:

  • Joan Bissell, who has served as the dean of the College of Education & Integrative Studies since 2003, has assumed a new position in the Chancellor's Office in the area of Teacher Education and Public School Programs, effective Sept. 19. An announcement on an interim dean for the college is forthcoming. Until that time, Associate Dean Richard DeNovellis will be the administrator-in-charge. 
  • Ian Stewart, the director of the Faculty Center for Professional Development for three years, has accepted a position as senior faculty development consultant at the Stern School of Business at NYU. Peggy Perry, a senior faculty member in the College of Agriculture, is being appointed interim director of the center until a national search has been completed. 
  • As previously announced, Interim Associate Vice President for Undergraduate Studies Claudia Pinter-Lucke will begin serving as the associate dean for the College of Science in January 2006. As part of that transition, Glenda Brock, accounting faculty member and former chair of the Academic Senate, is being immediately appointed as the faculty associate for Undergraduate Studies and will serve as the interim AVP for Undergraduate Studies starting in January. A national search will be launched to find a permanent replacement. 
  • Barbara Hacker will be stepping down from the position of AVP for Faculty Affairs in the summer of 2006 and returning to the faculty as professor of Chemical Engineering. She is the principal investigator on an ADVANCE grant submitted to the NSF that, if awarded, will foster the advancement of women in academic science and engineering careers at Cal Poly Pomona. A national search will be conducted this year to replace her as AVP. 
  • John Self has been appointed as interim associate dean of The Collins School of Hospitality Management. 

All of the aforementioned professionals have made extraordinary contributions to Cal Poly Pomona. I would like to personally thank Joan, Ian, Claudia and Barbara for their commitment to our academic mission by helping to provide our students with the best educational experience available. In addition, I want to recognize Richard, Peggy, Glenda and John for their willingness to serve in these key administrative positions.

Tomas Morales

Provost, Academic Affairs