New Administrative Assignments Announced

Michigan Tech President Glenn Mroz has announced new assignments in both the Vice President for Administration and Vice President for Research offices. All of the changes took effect July 1. 

Earlier this month it was announced that Janet Hayden, the University’s director of risk management, had been named executive director for risk management and compliance oversight.

Mroz further announced that the name of the Department of Occupational Safety and Health Services will be changed to the Department of Environmental Health and Safety. As part of the change, Peter Baril, health and safety manager of business operations in the VP for Administration office, will now report to Al Niemi, director of environmental health and safety under Joanne Polzien, executive director of compliance, integrity and safety in the VP for Research office. Patricia Muller has also moved to the VPR office and will report to Baril.

As part of succession planning, former chief of Public Safety and Police Services Dan Bennett is now commissioner for public safety and police services and administrative fellow for compliance, with special emphasis on campus safety and security compliance. 

Bennett says, "I am very excited and honored to be given the opportunity to work on such a critical area for the University." Bennett says while he will still maintain his law enforcement officer status, most of his focus will be centered on compliance.

With the departure of Bennett from the chief's position, deputy chief Brian Cadwell has been named the new director and chief of Public Safety and Police Services.

Bennett praised Cadwell's appointment. "Brian is an excellent administrator and leader, and I have no doubt that, under his guidance, our police department will continue to excel and set an example as one of the top police departments in the Upper Peninsula."

Cadwell says "I am honored and humbled to have the privilege of leading this fine group of professional officers in service to our Michigan Tech community." 

Under the new structure, Cadwell will report to Bennett who now reports directly to Ellen Horsch, vice president for administration.

Horsch explained the rationale behind the new assignments. 

"In 2008 a committee comprised of Walt Milligan (then chief information officer), Julie Seppala, (executive director of financial services and operations), Amy Hughes (director of internal audit) and Joanne Polzien provided a set of recommendations regarding compliance. Although it has taken some time to move these recommendations forward, I am extremely pleased that we are now able to create the organizational structure to address compliance on a university-wide basis."

She said the new assignments will continue to address the recommendations found in the report plus other needs surrounding safety.

Jared Anderson Appointed Chair of Department of Visual and Performing Arts

Jared Anderson has accepted the position of chair of the Department of Visual and Performing Arts for the period July 2016 to June 2019. He came to Michigan Tech in 2010, after teaching at Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin. His expertise is music, specifically choral conducting, as well as piano and music theory. Anderson's resume shows significant experience as a conductor and as a performer with, among other groups, the Dale Warland Singers in St. Paul, Minnesota. This range of experience has served Anderson well in strengthening and developing the various vocal ensembles at Michigan Tech since 2010.

Anderson has served as interim department chair since December 2013, and was recommended for the chair after a departmental search was conducted last spring. Dean of the College of Sciences and Arts Bruce Seely expressed his pleasure at the recommendation of the search committee. "Jared is the type of person who struck me—and others—as a possible future department chair almost from the time he arrived on campus." 

Seely added that Anderson brought not only a strong interest in music, but an equally strong desire to connect music with the other areas of emphasis within the department—art, theatre and sound. At other universities, such a collection of artistic interests are not often located in such close proximity, but Michigan Tech seeks to take advantage of this unique opportunity for co-existence.

Every chair of the VPA has worked to turn this into a strength, but the administrative shifts over the past 18 months that have brought the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts under the administration of the department allow stronger connections to be forged among the various components of the department.

"I'm excited at how Jared has been moving on this and other fronts and already there are activities underway because of the opportunity for the deeper integration of theatre, music, sound design and the arts." Seely added that the department and its faculty play a vital role in the education of the whole student at Michigan Tech. "I'm very pleased that Jared has agreed to take on the responsibilities of department chair at this important moment in its history."

College of Sciences and Arts Department Chairs

During the 2015-16 academic year, three department chairs were reviewed according to Michigan Tech policy: Chandrashekhar Joshi of (Bio Sci), Cary Chabalowski (Chem) and Ravindra Pandey (Physics). The separate review committees reported that Joshi, Pandey and Chabalowski provided very strong leadership and were guiding their units forward in admirable fashion.

Dean Bruce Seely noted that the committees' recommendations only confirmed what he had seen and observed over the previous three years of their service as chairs. All provide very strong leadership through a consultative and collaborative style. They are good listeners even as they set high expectations for their units. They have strong records as researchers as well as good teachers. "In short," said Seely, "they are the model of a department chair in the College of Sciences and Arts, strong scholars and researchers who lead by example. The college is fortunate that so many chairs match this description, but I am especially pleased that Shekhar, Ravi and Cary have agreed to continue in these positions. In many respects, the department chairs have the hardest—but also the most important—administrative position in the university. They are more than meeting our expectations."

Joshi has been chair since 2013 and Pandey started as chair in 2002. Chabalowski arrived as department chair in 2014 after a career as researcher at the Army Research Lab (ARL) and a research administrator first at ARL and later at various positions in the Army and the Pentagon. Seely concluded, "Each is making important contributions to the College and University, as well as to their units. Michigan Tech is lucky to have them."

"Buy a Fish" Campaign Announced

Michigan Tech's Great Lakes Research Center has launched a giving campaign that will raise funds to support student development opportunities, new research and facilities improvements. Buy a Fish participants will be recognized on a newly installed donor display. The thirty-two by eight foot donor display will be located in the first floor lobby of the GLRC

A dedication is scheduled at 3 p.m. Thursday, August 4 during the 2016 Alumni Reunion. Fish range in size based on donation level and can be customized to include individual or family names, class years, annual giving year and honors or memorials. Fish purchased by July 25 will be featured on the wall at the dedication. To learn more about the Buy a Fish campaign, click here.

Campus Communicators Meets Thursday

Writers, social media managers and web liaisons are encouraged to attend Campus Communicators from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday, July 21 in Memorial Union B001. Meet other campus comm professionals and show and tell your favorite app, interface, platform or widget. Bring your own digital device.

In Print

Bruce Lee (Bio Med) and graduate student Ameya Narkar (Bio Med) coauthored the paper "pH Responsive and Oxidation Resistant Wet Adhesive based on Reversible Catechol-Boronate Complexation." The paper was published in Chemistry of Materials. This paper was also coauthored by Tech alumni Brett Barker and Matthew Clisch, as well as Jingfeng Jiang (Bio Med).

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