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.