Health and Human services welcomes new dean

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Elysabethe Brown, News Editor

The College of Health and Human Services welcomes the newest member to their department, Dr. Mark E. Rogers, who will take over as dean.

Rogers comes to the staff with 27 years of experience, holding degrees from the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Lloyd Lyter, member of the search committee for the new dean, has currently been filling the position as interim since July 2010. “Dr.Levine was the dean [of Health and Human Services]. He was then asked to serve as Vice President for Academic Affairs,” said Lyter, who went on to explain that he held the position as interim dean since July 2010. He will keep this position until Rogers takes over as dean starting Dec. 1.

According to the job advertisement, the new dean will provide “strategic, academic, and visionary leadership for both the collaborative and programmatic needs of the college, fostering excellence in teaching, research, grantsmanship, and service, and is responsible for academic, fiscal, and personnel matters.” The new dean must also have at least “two years of experience of academic administration, including management of personnel resources, budget management, academic program evaluation, and assessment of student learning.”

Mr. Collier Parker, dean of Insalaco College CPA and chair of the search committee, said that Rogers stood out as a candidate because of his good communication skills, strong background in international education, strong advocate for the programs in the HHS college, and his knowledge of the region. “His experience [stood out]. The whole committee agreed he was a good fit,” said Parker.

Lyter also pointed out that Rogers relates well to people he speaks to. “It’s just kind of the whole package came together nicely,” said Lyter of Rogers’ academic qualifications and experience. “Our ability to attain Dr. Rogers is going to serve us quite well,” he added.