12 New Faculty, New College Relations Division
New Faculty, Administrative Changes for 2000-01
SHREVEPORT, LA - Twelve
new professors, including new holders of three endowed chairs and an endowed
professorship, join the faculty when Centenary College opens its 2000-01
academic year today (Monday, Aug. 21, 2000). In addition, the College
has announced several promotions and administrative changes.
New holders of endowed
chairs are Dr. Robert Ed Taylor, who returns from retirement to hold T.L.
James Chair of Religion; Dr. Alfred McKinney, a former dean and professor
at LSU in Shreveport, who has been appointed to the A. Harvey Broyles Chair
of Computational Mathematics; and Dr. Michelle J. Wolkomir, a former visiting
professor at North Carolina State University, who will hold the Mattie
Allen Broyes Inaugural-Year Chair. In addition, Karen Swenson, nationally
known poet and freelance journalist of New York, N.Y., will be the Rea
J. Fox Distinguished Professor in Creative Arts and Letters, during the
Also joining the faculty
are Leona B. Collins, Visiting Assistant Professor of Education; April
Crommett, Instructor in Health and Exercise Science; Michael Hart, Visiting
Assistant Professor of Political Science; J. Derrick Head, Instructor in
Mathematics; Ronald Martin, Visiting Professor of Chemistry; Eric L. McIntyre,
Instructor in Music; Nathan Thomas, Visiting Assistant Professor of Speech;
and Sonia C. Tinsley, Instructor in Health and Exercise Science.
Among those with new
administrative titles are long-time English professor Dr. David Havird,
who became Associate Dean of the College on June 1; Dwight Seuser, former
Director of Annual Giving, who has been promoted to Director of Administrative
Computing in the Division of Finance and Administration; and Michael Thomas,
formerly of Willis-Knighton, who will direct the College's new Fitness
Center and Natatorium, which is expected to open in November.
New College Relations
Schwab has announced that the College has restructured its Development
and Enrollment Management offices to create a new College Relations Division.
Dr. Eugene R. Gregory, Vice President for Development, will assume the
title of Vice President for College Relations. His division will
include the offices of Development, Admissions, Financial Aid, and Public
Relations, headed respectively by Dr. Katherine Fell, the former Director
of Corporate and Foundation Relations, who has been appointed to the new
post of Director of Development; Timothy Crowley, former Associate Dean
of Enrollment Management, who has been promoted to Director of Admissions;
Mary Sue Rix, Director of Financial Aid; and Lynn Stewart, Director of
Fell will be responsible
for the offices of Alumni Relations, Annual Giving, Corporate and Foundation
Relations, Church Relations, Special Gifts, and Sponsored Research.
Four of these offices
will be headed by new directors who recently joined the development team.
They are Catherine Fraser, former Executive Director of Red River Public
Radio, who is the new Director of Annual Giving; Traci G. Alsup, formerly
of Southwestern Electric Power Co. and Public Service Co., who is
Director of Foundation and Corporate Relations; Mary "Mimi" McDowell, formerly
of Christus Schumpert Medical Center, the new Director of Church Relations;
and Patty Roberts, former Coordinator of Research in the President's Office
at Centenary, who is now Director of Sponsored Research.
They join longtime
development professionals Janie Flournoy, Director of Special Gifts, and
David Henington, Director of Alumni Relations, to complete the development
Crowley will oversee
an admissions staff charged with identifying, recruiting, evaluating and
enrolling students who will be successful in Centenary's learning environment.
The College seeks a select number of students who will subsequently become
leaders in their professions and communities.
Within the College
Relations model, the Dean of Enrollment Management position, formerly headed
by Tim Martin, will not be filled. Martin left Centenary for private
industry at the end of June.
Dr. Schwab thanked
the members of the Enrollment Management Search Committee and the Faculty
Personnel Committee for their advice and counsel during the restructuring
process. "I appreciate the members of these committee who worked
long and hard, and were also a part of the dialog in developing this new
model," he said. "All these offices build relationships, and this
restructuring will allow us to make the most efficient use of our resources."
Dr. Gregory said,
"I look forward to the immediate challenge as we work together this fall
to select the members of next year's incoming class and to complete our
comprehensive campaign. As Centenary enters the 21st Century, we
will continue our long tradition of excellence and our reputation as a
student-centered college where students are nurtured and challenged by
outstanding and caring faculty and staff."
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