New faces, titles, titles for academic affairs

8:45:02 AM CDT - Thursday, September 09, 2004

By Amy Geiszler-Jones (Amy.Geiszler-Jones@wichita.edu)

There's a familiar face at the helm and a new voice answering the phone in the Division of Academic Affairs and Research.

Following the death of Robert Kindrick May 13, John Hutchinson, who had been an associate vice president in the office since 2002, was named vice president for academic affairs and research.

The national search for a vice president has been delayed until next year, so Hutchinson, a mathematics professor since 1976, will serve as vice president for the next two years.

Joining him in the front office is a new administrative assistant, Aura Roseberry, who replaced Sue Dutton who retired in late June.

But Hutchinson is not the only familiar face with a new title. With Hutchinson's move into the vice president's position, he brought in Ravi Pendse, an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, to serve as an interim vice president in a half-time position. Pendse also continues to direct the Center for Teaching and Research Excellence. Pendse's responsibilities with the division include working with its budget.

Nancy McCarthy Snyder, another longtime faculty member in public administration, also was named an associate vice president. She will be in charge of personnel and planning issues and will direct WSU's 2007 North Central Accreditation effort.

"Everybody has hit the ground running. These are the kind of people we need since we didn't have any ramp-up time," says Hutchinson. He thinks he has the right staff to do the division's central mission: "Working with the deans to create and nurture excellent undergraduate and graduate programs and encourage rigorous research."

And change isn't over yet for the office. Associate Vice President Peter Zoller, an English professor who has been in the division for 16 years, will return to full-time teaching and research in June.

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