Welcome to New Academic Affairs Area Administrators

A number of changes occurred over the summer in the academic affairs area of the university.  We hired Tim Owens as a new Instructional Technology Specialist (ITS), and Gwen Hale joins us as our new Writing Center Director and Director of the Writing Intensive Program.  Also, Lynne Richardson, founding Dean of the College of Business, and Fred Pierce, Associate Provost for Enrollment management and Student Services, both began work in late July.  Tim and Gwen are our most recent hires, and I thought you might appreciate some information about them.

Tim Owens started at UMW on July 10, joining the team in the Division of Teaching and Learning Technologies.  Tim comes to UMW from Longwood University, where he received his undergraduate degree and where he served in two separate positions.  He served as both Computer Operations Technician and as the Computer Repair Center Manager.  He was involved in providing classroom and laboratory support, in professional development initiatives to help faculty learn new instructional technologies, in providing laptop and mobile device support, and in providing training for iPad deployments.  At UMW, he will serve as the first point of contact for faculty from the social sciences who are interested in exploring new teaching and learning technologies.  Some of you may have had the chance to meet Tim when he was on campus for the annual Faculty Academy in May.

Gwen Hale began at UMW on August 10 and is serving as our new Writing Center and Writing Intensive Program Director.  As I hope you’ll recall, we have organized both the Fredericksburg and the Stafford Writing Centers under the leadership of one director.  Both Centers will remain in full (and we hope enhanced) operation, and the distinctive missions and approaches of each Center will remain.  Gwen also serves as Director of the Writing Intensive Program and will carry on the many tasks associated with that program such as faculty development initiatives, working with the Writing Intensive Committee to review new WI course proposals, reviewing requests for WI transfer credit, and conducting the writing competency assessments conducted as a part of SCHEV required student core competency assessments.  Prior to coming to UMW, Gwen served as the Writing Center Director at both Fiske University and at Savannah State University.  At Savannah State, she was also the Chair of the QEP Committee.  She holds a Ph.D. in English from Middle Tennessee State University with an emphasis in Composition and Rhetoric and 19th/20th Century American literature.

Both Lynne Richardson and Fred Pierce were introduced previously.  But in case you missed those announcements, here’s just a few details about each of them.

Fred Pierce is serving as Associate Provost of Enrollment and Student Services and will oversee all matters related to enrollment, recruitment and student services. The Office of Admissions, the Office of the University Registrar, the Office of Academic Services, the Office of Disability Resources, the Office of Career Services, and the Center for International Education all report to Fred in his role as Associate Provost. Before coming to UMW, Fred was a member of the University of Tennessee staff since 1997 and he most recently served as Director of Undergraduate Programs for the College of Business.  He holds a master’s degree from the University of Tennessee and a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Belk College of Business.  Fred started at UMW on July 25.

Lynne Richardson also began at UMW on July 25, becoming the Founding Dean of the College of Business.  She served twice previously as a College of Business Dean.  Her first post as Dean was at the Miller College of Business at Ball State University.  Following that, she was Dean of College of Business at Mississippi State University.  She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa and a MBA from the University of Alabama, Birmingham.  Her bachelor’s degree in Marketing is from the University of Montevallo.  Among her specific tasks as the founding Dean will be extending and strengthening our connections and partnerships with regional corporations and businesses.  She will also be leading the process to start toward the goal of achieving eventual accreditation by AACSB.

Please join me in welcoming these new members of the UMW academic affairs administrative team.

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