Aug. 19, 2003
GW On the Move
University Announces Several Organizational and Administrative
Changes this Summer
Sometimes the best person for
the job is right in front of you. Such was the case this summer as 12
current, and one returning, GW administrators took on new roles at the
University as a result of reorganizations in the offices of academic affairs
and student and academic support services, coupled with a departure and
a shift in responsibility in the Medical Center.
Frederic A. Siegel,
whose career in higher education spans more than 30 years, returned to
GW on July 1 as associate vice president and dean of freshmen, a newly
created position under Senior Vice President for Student and Academic
Support Services Robert Chernak, with reporting responsibilities to both
Chernak and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Donald R. Lehman.
Siegels tasks as associate vice president and dean of freshmen will
be divided into three sizable chunks: Mount Vernon Campus administration,
enhancing the freshman experience and international student services.
He is the principal administrator for the Mount Vernon Campus. His duties
will include efforts to integrate the Mount Vernon Campus into the
mainstream of life in Foggy Bottom, said Siegel. We want to
make Mount Vernon as attractive as possible so that more and more students
see it as their campus of choice.
Second, as dean of freshmen, Siegel will be taking a larger view of how
to make the first-year experience as meaningful as possible both in and
out of the classroom. He will oversee the Universitys orientation
for new students known as Colonial Inauguration as well
as student life programs and the general advising of freshman students.
Finally, Siegel will guide the development of the International Student
That could be interpreted either narrowly or quite large, depending
upon how you look at it, said Siegel, referring to the challenges
international students face with increased Immigration and Naturalization
Service regulation in the post-Sept. 11, 2001 world.
My larger goal in that role is to increase GWs marketing and
recruitment efforts overseas, coordinating our efforts to improve both
undergraduate and graduate enrollment.
His first order of business on that front will be to hire an executive
director for the International Student Office.
I look forward to making student life even more vibrant than it
already is, said Siegel. This new position will give me the
opportunity to be involved in new aspects of campus life and to grow personally
Previously Siegel served as an assistant vice president for enrollment
management and director of admissions from 199197.
former interim dean of the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences and
director of the School of Media and Public Affairs, became associate vice
president for special academic initiatives, effective July 1. In this
capacity, she will oversee the Office of Special Academic Programs and
the University Honors Program. In addition, Folkerts will have fundraising
responsibilities associated with the Strategic Plan for Academic Excellence
an initiative that seeks to position GW into the ranks of top-tier
institutions. She will report directly to Donald R. Lehman, executive
vice president for academic affairs.
I am extremely pleased to have Jean Folkerts join the academic affairs
team with general oversight of the National Fellowships Competitions,
the Honors Program and special academic programs, said Lehman. Her
extensive academic leadership experience will serve her well in her new
role at GW.
moved from her role as executive dean at the Mount Vernon Campus to interim
director of the University Honors Program, succeeding Peter Rollberg,
who remains associate professor of Slavic languages and international
affairs. In addition to the traditional duties as Honors Program director,
Baxter will oversee the newly created Office of National Fellowship Competitions,
which will help GW students compete in national fellowship competitions
such as Rhodes Scholarships and Marshall Scholarships. A director for
the new office will be hired. Meanwhile, the Office of Fellowships and
Graduate Student Support will change its name to the Office of Graduate
Student Support with Geri Rypkema remaining as director.
professor of engineering and applied science and former SEAS associate
dean, has been appointed by Lehman to serve as associate dean for academic
affairs at the Mount Vernon Campus. She will be responsible for working
with each school on academic planning for the campus. Heller will report
to Craig Linebaugh, who will see his title change from associate vice
president for academic planning and special projects to associate vice
president for academic planning and development.
moves from executive director of alumni relations to a newly established
position as senior executive director of student and academic support
services strategic initiatives and special consultant to the Senior Vice
President Chernak. Betts will be working on initiatives that will further
strengthen the bond among students, alumni and GW.
is being promoted to assistant vice president for student and academic
support services. She comes to this position after 19 years of service
to GW in such positions as the assistant to the vice president of student
and academic support services, director of the Multicultural Student Services
Center and more recently as the guardian of the Universitys licensing
and trademarks. Cannaday-Saulny will oversee campus activities, greek
life and community service.
moves from his position as executive director of the Marvin Center to
a new leadership role as assistant to the senior vice president and executive
director for administrative partnerships. In this capacity, Konwerskis
responsibilities will include developing goals and objectives to greater
enhance campus customer service and student satisfaction.
will assume the position of associate vice president and chief financial
officer for student and academic support services. In this role he will
continue overseeing budgeting, finance and personnel administration of
is transferring from the auxiliary services area to serve as managing
director of the Marvin Center as well and University Conferences.
Laura Taddeucci Downs
is the newly appointed executive director of the Student Activities Center.
becomes associate dean of students. One of Walkers prime focuses
will be directing services to accommodate the needs of GWs graduate
and professional students.
Ruth J. Katz
was recently appointed dean of GWs School of Public Health and Health
Services (SPHHS) by Provost and Vice President for Health Affairs John
F. Williams. Katz also will serve as the schools Walter G. Ross
Professor of Health Policy.
We see great opportunities for the SPHHS under the leadership of
Dean Katz, said Dr. Williams. She brings with her a breadth
of academic and real-world experience in the healthcare arena, something
that can only serve to benefit future collaborations and growth for the
This is an extraordinary time to be joining SPHHS, said Katz.
Under the able leadership of founding Dean Richard Riegelman and
Interim Dean Richard Southby and with the unqualified commitment
of the faculty as well as the University and the Medical Center
SPHHS is well positioned to become among the top schools of public health
in the nation. I am very excited and deeply honored for this opportunity.
will serve as interim dean of the School of Medicine and Health Sciences
(SMHS). Dr. Scott currently serves as associate dean of SMHS and now assumes
all the academic and administrative responsibilities of dean, a position
previously held by Provost Williams since 1999.
Dr. Scott has a proven track record of leadership with the school,
Scott became associate dean of SMHS in 2000 and was named professor in
the Department of Emergency Medicine in 1998. Previously, he served as
residency director, assistant dean for Graduate Medical Education and
assistant dean for Student Affairs in SMHS. He was named the outstanding
clinical teacher by the SMHSs Class of 2003, and he has received
the Golden Apple award for outstanding teaching 10 times since coming
to GW in 1986. In 1998, Scott received a National Teaching Award from
the American College of Emergency Physicians.
Dr. Williams will continue to provide oversight for administrative and
academic matters in both the SMHS and SPHHS. He is stepping down as dean
to focus on the administrative duties of his new appointment as GW Provost.
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