Faith-Based Higher Education News – August 2016

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Andrews University Names Christon Arthur Provost-elect

Michigan’s Andrews University has announced Christon Arthur will be its new provost. He has served as dean of the Andrews University School of Graduate Studies and Research since 2010 as well as associate provost since 2012. Prior to Andrews, Arthur was an associate dean and associate professor in Tennessee State University’s College of Education in addition to serving as an acting and interim department head of education and administration there. He succeeds Andrea Luxton, who will now serve as president of the institution, the North American Division of the Seventh-day Adventist Church reports.

New Dean Chosen for Concordia University School of Law

Elena Langan will be Boise’s Concordia University School of Law’s new dean beginning in January 2017. She is currently the associate dean for academic affairs and professor of law at Nova Southeastern University’s Shepard Broad College of Law in Florida. Prior to this role, she served as director of their first year lawyering skills and values program and was chosen as the interim dean for the school during the 2013-2014 academic year, according to the Idaho Business Review.

Luther College Names New Dean for Institutional Planning and Mission

Terry Sparkes has been named the dean of Luther College’s institutional planning and mission, effective Aug. 15, 2016. Sparkes is currently a associate dean and professor of religion and has served as the associate dean and director of curriculum development and college honors since 2008. She will manage Luther’s campus-wide strategic planning process and coordinate the school’s re-accreditation process with the Higher Learning Commission, namely federal compliance and assurance review, reports Luther. Sparkes’ new role is a revamped position combining elements of the leader’s current portfolio with added responsibilities for strategic planning, college accreditation and church relations.

Anderson University Names New Associate AD

Anderson University has added Matt Finley, previously the athletic director (AD) at Newberry College since 2012, as the school’s new senior associate AD. He replaces Jennifer Bell, who accepted a similar role at Coker College. Finley began at Anderson Aug. 1 and will oversee the Trojans’ NCAA compliance department. Beginning his career as a wrestling coach, is a Clemson graduate and earned a master’s degree in sports leadership from Duquesne in 2008, Independent Mail reports.

Baylor EVP/Provost Greg Jones Announces Leadership Additions

Waco, Texas’ Baylor University has added three new executive appointments in the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost: Michelle V. Berry as VP for academic operations and strategic finance, Lori. E. Baker, Ph.D. as vice provost for strategic initiatives and Darin H. Davis, Ph.D. as VP for university mission. All three new leaders began their roles in July. Berry has been associate vice president since 2013 and joined the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost in 2010 as assistant vice president for academic operations in the provost’s office. Baker is an associate professor of anthropology at Baylor and, among many other things, the founder and executive director of the International Consortium for Forensic Identification, Reuniting Families Project, which helps identify and repatriate undocumented immigrants who perish during migration to the U.S. Davis is the director of Baylor’s Institute for Faith and Learning and clinical associate professor of moral philosophy in the honors program, Baylor announced.

Walsh University Appoints Michael Cinson as Director of Global Learning

Michael Cinson has been appointed the Director of Global Learning at Walsh University. He has been the institution’s Rome Campus Director of Student Life since 2012 and will now be responsible for all international program offerings at the school, supervising risk and crisis management for all educational experiences abroad and leading the development of new opportunities for the Global Learning Office. The Walsh alumnus will also aim to grow the Rome program by establishing service-learning and internship opportunities, The Review reports. In addition to a bachelor’s degree from Walsh, Cinson holds a master’s degree in education from the University of Central Arkansas.

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