University of Lynchburg recently appointed faculty members to leadership roles to oversee reorganized academic programs and lead the College’s continued growth.
The changes include a new organizational structure over graduate programs in education and health, as well as new leaders replacing long-serving employees who are retiring this summer.
“University of Lynchburg has experienced remarkable changes in recent years, particularly in the growth of our graduate programs,” said Dr. Kenneth R. Garren, president of University of Lynchburg. “The new leaders we have selected will guide the College’s growth and ensure that we continue to offer life-changing educational opportunities for our students. The future of University of Lynchburg is in good hands.”
Organizational changes include the creation of the School of Graduate Health Sciences. Dr. Rusty Smith, director of the Doctor of Physical Therapy program, will serve as the dean of this school. Dr. Jeremy Welsh, director of the Physician Assistant Medicine program, will serve as the associate dean.
The College also has created the School of Education, Leadership Studies, and Counseling, which now houses all programs in which students earn teacher licenses. Dr. Roger Jones has been appointed dean of this school.
Other leadership changes include:
Dr. Sally Selden is serving as interim vice president and dean for academic affairs. The College is currently undertaking a national search for a permanent replacement for Dr. Julius Sigler ’62, who retired this summer as vice president and dean.
Dr. Atul Gupta has been appointed as associate dean of academic affairs with responsibility for graduate studies, global programs, online education, and nontraditional studies.
Dr. Allison Jablonski has been appointed associate dean of academic affairs with oversight of undergraduate academic regulations, the Academic Standing Committee, assessment of student competencies, faculty development, summer school, and J Term.
Dr. Tom Bowman has been appointed as director of the Institutional Review Board, which reviews proposals for research involving human subjects.
Dr. Chip Walton was appointed dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, with Dr. Scott Amos as assistant dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences.
Dr. Joseph Turek was reappointed for a three-year term as dean of the School of Business and Economics.
Dr. Barry Lobb was reappointed for a one-year term as dean of the School of Sciences.