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3.2 Governance and Administration

Comprehensive Standard:

3.2.8 The institution has qualified administrative and academic officers with the experience and competence to lead the institution. (Qualified administrative/academic officers)

Statement of Compliance:   In Compliance.

Narrative:

The University of West Georgia’s senior academic and administrative officers have the academic credentials, experience, and capacity to lead the University. The University Fact Book [1] provides a detailed organizational chart and list of UWG administrators at multiple levels (see “Fact Book”, 2012, pp. 17-20 p. 24-26). Divisional organizational charts have also been added to notate the administrative and academic officers by name [2]. Position descriptions of the administrative officers have been added to outline their respective areas of responsibility and qualifications that are required [3],[4], [5], [6], [7], [8]. Short summaries of their experience and credentials are provided by title below.

President: Dr. Kyle Marrero became the 7th President of the University of West Georgia on July 1, 2013. Prior to UWG, Dr. Marrero served for 4 years as Vice President for University Advancement at the University of West Florida overseeing the final stages of the largest capital campaign in the institution’s history. Previous academic appointments have included 4 years as Director of the School of Fine and Performing Arts and Chair of Music Department (Full Professor) at UWF and 11 years as a Professor of Voice at Louisiana State University. Professional artistic administrative positions have included 13 years as Artistic Director of Pensacola Opera and 4 years as Artistic Director of Opera Southwest (Albuquerque, New Mexico). He earned his D.M.A. in Vocal Performance at the University of Michigan and Master and Bachelor degrees in Music from Bowling Green State University [9], [10]

The previous President, Dr. Beheruz N. Sethna, served in this position for nineteenth years. During his tenure he has also held two positions at the Board of Regents University System office as Interim Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Academic Officer (2006-2007) and Interim Senior Vice Chancellor (1999-2000).  Prior to UWG, Dr. Sethna served as Interim Executive Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs and Dean of the College of Business at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas.  Dr. Sethna has more than thirty-five years' experience in higher education administration and as a faculty member.  He earned a Ph. D. in Marketing, an M.B.A. in Business Administration, and an M.Phil. in Philosophy. He also holds academic rank as full professor in the Richards College of Business [11], [10].

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs:  Dr. Michael Horvath is in his third year as Provost and Vice President for academic affairs.  Prior to his current assignment, he served for 16 years as Dean of the School of Education at Indiana University-South Bend and Missouri Southern State University.  Dr. Horvath has over 32 years of experience in higher education as a faculty member and administrator at six institutions of higher education.  He earned his doctoral degree and Master of Science degree in Special Education.  Dr. Horvath holds faculty rank as a tenured, full professor in the College of Education [12].

Vice President for Business and Finance:   Mr. James Sutherland is in his sixth year at the University of West Georgia as Vice President for Business and Finance.  Prior to UWG he served as Vice President for Administration and Finance at Kutztown University.  Mr. Sutherland has over 22 years of experience in higher education administration.  Mr. Sutherland also has over six years of experience in the business sector as a President and Chief Executive Officer.  Mr. Sutherland earned an M.B.A. in Business Administration and is an active C.P.A. [13].

Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management: Dr. Scot A. Lingrell is in his third year as Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management. Prior to this position he was the Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management at UWG. Before joining UWG, Dr. Lingrell served at Rhodes State University and the University of Toledo in Ohio, and at Wayne State University in Michigan—all in positions related to Enrollment Management Dr. Lingrell has more than 20 years of experience in higher education administration. He earned a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from Ohio University and M.A.s in both College Student Personnel and Counseling from Bowling Green State University [14].

Vice President for University Advancement: Dr. James B. Estes assumed his position as Vice President for University Advancement at UWG in March, 2012. He came from the Texas A&M Foundation, where he served for 21 years as Regional Director of Major Gifts and was a member of the staff which led Texas A&M University in two major capital campaigns.  Dr. Estes has spent 26 years in university development and alumni relations and an additional 14 years in intercollegiate athletics [15].

Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities: Dr.  Randy Hendricks is in his third year as Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities after serving as Interim Dean during the prior year.  He served as the Chair of the Department of English and Philosophy for three years, Associate Chair of the Department of English and Philosophy for four years, and Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs for one year.  He holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Tennessee and has been a member of the English faculty at the University of West Georgia for 24 years [16].

Dean of the College of Education: Dr. Dianne L. Hoff is in her first year as Dean of the College of Education. Prior to this she served as Associate Dean for three years. She teaches graduate courses in education law and policy and is nationally recognized for her research on contemporary issues that present legal and moral dilemmas for schools. Dr. Hoff holds a doctorate in Educational Administration, and she has over 20 years in education as a high school teacher, principal in large schools in Georgia and California, professor of Educational Leadership, and as a university administrator. She holds faculty rank as a tenured, full professor [17].

Dean of the College of Science and Mathematics: Dr. Farooq A. Khan is in his first year as Dean of the College of Science and Mathematics. Dr. Khan has been at the University of West Georgia since 1994, where he is a professor in the Department of Chemistry. He served as the Chair of the Department of Chemistry during 2000-2004 and as the Interim Chair of the Department of Political Science and Planning during 2006-2007. He was the Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning during 2004-2009 [18].

Dean of the College of Social Sciences: Dr. N. Jane McCandless is in her third year as Dean of the College of Social Sciences after having served as Interim Dean during the preceding year.  She also served as the Transitional Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences for one year prior.  Dr. McCandless joined the faculty of UWG in 1990 and, during her tenure; she has served in a number of administrative leadership roles.  She has over 20 years combined experience as an administrator and a faculty member. Dr. McCandless earned a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Akron and holds faculty rank as a tenured, full professor [19].

Dean of the Richards College of Business: Dr. Faye McIntyre is in her ninth year as Dean of the Richards College of Business.  She also served as the Interim Dean for one year prior.  Dr. McIntyre served as a faculty member for UWG for over seven years prior to her appointment as Dean.  Prior to UWG, she served as the Research Chair in Business Administration at Rockhurst University. She has over 21 years combined experience as an administrator and a faculty member. Dr. McIntyre earned a Ph.D. and an M.B.A. in Business Administration. She also holds faculty rank as a tenured, full professor [20].

Dean of the School of Nursing: Dr. Kathryn Grams is in her sixth year as Dean of the School of Nursing. The School of Nursing was established in AY2009 (Dr. Grams was the founding Dean). She was Chair of the Department of Nursing for the preceding eight years, and was member of the faculty for over ten years.  Dr. Grams has combined experience of over 31 years as a higher education administrator and a faculty member.  She earned a Ph.D. in Nursing Education and an M.N. in Adult Health. She also holds faculty rank as a tenured professor [21].

Dean of Libraries: Ms. Lorene Flanders is in her fourth year of service directing university libraries at UWG. She holds faculty rank as a tenured, full professor. She has 33 years of experience as a librarian. Prior to her appointment at UWG she held a 17 year appointment at Georgia College & State University, serving as Professor of Library Science and Associate University Librarian. She holds the M.Ln. from the University of South Carolina, and the M.A. in History from Georgia College [22].

Dean of the Honors College and Trans-disciplinary Programs: Dr. Michael Hester is in his second year as Dean of the Honors College and Trans-Disciplinary Programs, and he is in his 10th year with the Honors College. Dr. Hester has been at West Georgia for 17 years, throughout which he has been the director of the debate program, and during which he has served as Instructor of Mass Communication and later the associate dean of the Honors College. He earned a Ph.D. in Communications from Georgia State University, and both his M.A. in Rhetoric and his BS is in Political Science from the University of West Georgia [23].

Executive Director of Extended Learning and Dean of USG eCore: Dr. Melanie N. Clay is in her second year in this role. Prior to this role, she led the University's extensive distance learning efforts for 16 years in a range of capacities, including Associate Dean and Director. Dr. Clay earned a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Nebraska with a major in Higher Education Leadership, and a Master's of Public Administration. She is also the founder and editor-in-chief of the /Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration [24].

The report for Comprehensive Standard 3.2.10 discusses administrative staff evaluation.

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