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UMass Dartmouth announces major appointments

New leaders for student affairs; colleges of marine science, engineering, visual and performing arts; and the Claire T. Carney Library

University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Chancellor Jean F. MacCormack today announced the appointments of five key university leaders who will play important roles in shaping the student life and academic programs at the rapidly evolving regional research campus.

"We have succeeded in recruiting individuals with great experience and talent, and a deep commitment to the ideals of public higher education," Chancellor MacCormack said. "Their innovative and visionary leadership will be critical as our regional research campus evolves, and as we build new strategies to meet the rising expectations of our students and the Commonwealth. We are happy to welcome this group to the campus team."

UMass Dartmouth Provost Anthony Garro, who recommended the three new college deans after national searches, said, "We welcome these leaders to our university and to the SouthCoast. They arrive at a time of great excitement on our campus and I look forward to the valuable contributions they will make to our university community, the region, and Massachusetts."

The appointments include:

Dr. Jean Kim, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

Dr. Kim last served as Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students at the University of Puget Sound. Dr. Kim arrives as the university has transitioned from a commuter to a residential campus. Approximately 80 percent of the fall, 2008 freshman class and about 4,500 students overall will be living on campus compared to half that number five years ago.

Dr. Frank Muller-Karger as Dean of the School of Marine Science and Technology

Dr. Muller-Karger comes to the university from the University of South Florida, where he led a large oceanographic observation group. Dr. Muller-Karger arrives as SMAST is emerging as a key leader in supporting the Massachusetts marine technology industry, and building strategic partnerships with Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, MIT, and UMass Boston. SMAST's strengths in fishery management, ocean observation, climate change, and estuary protection will continue to develop under Dr. Mueller-Karka's leadership.

Adrian Tió, Dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts

Mr. Tió is currently Professor and Director of the School of Art at Northern Illinois University. Mr. Tio arrives as CVPA has positioned itself as a catalyst of the creative economy of the SouthCoast, especially in New Bedford where the college has built a thriving satellite arts campus.

Dr. Robert Peck, Dean of the College of Engineering

Dr. Peck is currently Professor, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Arizona State University. Dr. Peck arrives as the college continues to build upon its strong national reputation and aspires to play a leading role in the redevelopment of the regional economy.

Sharon Weiner, Dean of Library Services

Ms Weiner is currently Director of the Peabody Library at Vanderbilt University. She arrives as the campus is at the mid-point of an 18-month campaign to raise $6 million (to be matched by $4 million in university funds) to complete a $10 million renovation of the Claire T. Carney Library.


More about Dr. Jean Kim -- Student Affairs

Dr. Kim last served as Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students at the University of Puget Sound, a private, residential college with 2,576 undergraduate and 209 graduate students, including 1,641 students living on campus. Prior to serving at Puget Sound, she served as Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at the University of Colorado-Boulder, where she managed 17 departments, 1,200 staff members, and an $80 million budget.

She is no stranger to New England, having served as Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students at the 4,000-student University of Hartford; and her degrees (B.A., sociology; M.A., sociology; and Ed.D, counseling psychology) are all from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Dr. Kim has written and presented extensively on diversity-related issues and student affairs management. She received the 1982 National Scholar Award sponsored by the National Association for Asian and Pacific American Education. She has served on the boards of the National Training Laboratory for Applied Behavioral Sciences, the Boulder County AIDS Project, and Community Food Share.

More about Dr. Frank Muller-Karger -- Marine Sciences

Dr. Frank Muller-Karger is currently Professor of Marine Sciences at the University of South Florida's College of Marine Science, a position he has held since 2000. He served as a Presidential-appointed Commissioner on the United States Commission on Ocean Policy from 2000-2004 and as a NASA Program Scientist from 1992-1994 with responsibilities in the Ocean Biogeochemistry Program and the SeaWiFS (Sea-viewing Wide Field of View Sensor) and MODIS (Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectrometer) Programs. He is currently a member of the National Research Council Ocean Studies Board. In 2004 he received the Gulf Guardian Award from the Environmental Protection Agency Gulf of Mexico Program and in 2005 was awarded the Julius Stratton Award for Leadership for his work on the Commission on Ocean Policy.

Dr. Muller-Karger's research interests has focused on oceanographic and coastal/estuarine sciences and satellite remote sensing and has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Office of Naval Research (ONR). He is committed to the integration of science, management and education and he has noted that he is looking forward to working with the fishing industry that is such an important component of our regional economy.

More about Adrian Tió -- Visual and Performing Arts

Mr. Tió is currently Professor and Director of the School of Art at Northern Illinois University (NIU), a position he has held since 2000. Prior to joining the faculty of Northern Illinois University he served for four years as Professor and Chair of the Department of Art at Indiana State University and prior to that had risen through the academic ranks, from instructor to professor at Bowling Green State University, School of Art.

While at Bowling Green, Mr. Tió also served for various periods as Foundations Studies Coordinator, 2-D Division Chair, Associate Director of the School of Art, and Associate Dean for Student Affairs of the College of Arts and Sciences. As Director of the School of Art at NIU, Mr. Tió has provided leadership for a NASAD accredited program with over 65 full- and part-time faculty and 13 full-time staff which serve nearly 1,200 art majors in three undergraduate and four graduate degree programs.

Mr. Tió, whose scholarship and creative work is as a printmaker, describes himself as a dedicated teacher, practicing artist and a life-long advocate for the arts, "promoting the arts as vital components of the continued growth and evolution of our culture".

More on Dr. Robert Peck -- Engineering

Dr. Robert Peck is currently Professor, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Arizona State University at Tempe. He had served as Associate Chair of the Department from 1995 to 2001 and as Chair from 2001 to 2006.

Prior to joining the faculty of the University of Arizona as an Associate Professor in 1987 he had served on the faculty of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Kentucky. During his tenure as Chair Dr. Peck managed a department consisting of 37 faculty and staff, a research budget of approximately $6M and over 1,000 undergraduate and 120 graduate students.

He has been responsible for oversight of university-level program review and ABET accreditation review and has promoted interdisciplinary research clusters in energy/environment, nanotechnology, smart structures and applied mathematics. He also expanded industrial partnerships and increased the department endowment by $1.5M.

Dr. Peck's research interests involve combustion processes, energy systems and air pollution controls. He holds two patents in these areas. His work has been published in leading journals and has been supported by grants from the NSF, the Office of Naval Research, the Federal Aviation Authority and industrial sources such as Honeywell Aerospace and Honeywell Engines and Systems.

More on Sharon Weiner -- Library

Ms Weiner is currently Director of the Peabody Library at Vanderbilt University. Prior to that she was Head, Reference and Education Services, at the Health Sciences Library at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo. She is currently Co-Chair of the Peabody Academic Library Leadership Institute, Co-Chair of the National Forum on Information Literacy, and Chair of the Special Libraries Association's Education Division.

Ms. Weiner is completing her EdD in Higher Education Leadership at Vanderbilt this summer. Her dissertation explores the contribution of the library to the reputation of doctoral universities, and will help inform the larger question of the role of the academic library in the changing higher education institution.

She received her Master of Library Science from SUNY Buffalo. Ms. Weiner has published a book and seventeen peer-reviewed articles, as well as book chapters, successful grant proposals, and numerous conference papers.

Author:  "John Hoey"
Date:  09-Jul-2007
Department:   News & Public Information

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