Chief Academic Officer. Responsible for 24 undergraduate and graduate departments, academic support programs and services, campus life and student affairs programs, the University library, enrollment management, academic technology, institutional research, honors program, and the infant to grade 12 national demonstration schools. Oversaw five Gallaudet University Regional Centers. Responsible for the development and administration of annual budget ($83,200,000).
Responsible for the hiring, professional development and performance evaluation of 240 university faculty, 60 school teachers and 440 staff. Led student recruitment and retention efforts. Oversaw quality of education provided to 1,275 undergraduate students, 445 graduate students, and 175 professional studies students. Responsible for policies and procedures governing student conduct.
STUDENTS: Strengthened support for student-athletes by providing two full-time coaches and study tables designated for athletes. Planned for an enabled transition of football team from club sport to NCAA Division III. Consistently included Student Government Association and Graduate Student Association representatives on all Academic and Student Affairs committees and task forces thus assuring inclusion of the student perspective in decision-making. Built community by creating living and learning communities in the residence halls based on themes of shared student interest. STRATEGIC PLAN: Five new directions set focused on enhancing academic quality and rigor, redefining liberal arts for the 21st century, attracting and assuring the success of a diverse student body, strengthening Gallaudet's position as a global and cultural center, and valuing and promoting undergraduate and graduate programs equally. Significantly expanded and strengthened the Honors program by adding a capstone thesis requirement, initiating a regular assessment of student progress and outcomes, and implementing a summer faculty institute on interdisciplinary studies. CURRICULUM: Oversaw, fostered and encouraged development of eight new graduate degrees and three new undergraduate degrees along with increased credit and non-credit offerings in Professional Studies. ENROLLMENT: The academic quality of incoming students improved annually. The number of matriculating students increased annually as did the retention of first-year students. An all-time high number of first-year students was retained. The largest and most academically gifted class in Gallaudet University's history was enrolled. The graduation rate gradually increased. SPONSORED PROGRAMS: Tripled dollar amount of research grants awarded to Gallaudet University. Personally advocated with and appealed to the National Science Foundation (NSF) for Gallaudet's ultimately successful proposal for a five-year $23-million Science of Learning grant. Responded in writing and on the telephone several times to NSF directors' inquiries regarding Gallaudet's readiness to fulfill the requirements of a rigorous scientific grant. FUNDRAISING: Lead role in campaign focused on the Sorenson Language and Communication Center, an interdisciplinary building with a visually-centered architecture. Raised $2.5 million from foundations and individuals. With a $3 million gift from the Nippon Foundation, established the World Deaf Leadership scholarship at Gallaudet University. Secured $250,000 grant from the Mellon Foundation in support of interdisciplinary course development. FACILITIES STEWARDSHIP: Shepherded the development of program, design and budget for a $30 million new interdisciplinary studies building. Facilitated consensus on the development of a new visually-centered architecture as well as the building's interdisciplinary teaching, research and service mission. Stewarded the development of program, design and budget for an annual appropriation of $1.2 million from the U.S. Congress for biology and genetics research laboratory renovation. CRISIS MANAGEMENT: Directed Gallaudet University's comprehensive response to several signficant crises including the murder of two freshmen in their dormitory rooms and the subsequent arrest and conviction of a third freshman for the crimes. Led response to several other incidents including the anthrax incident at the DC post office nearby Gallaudet, the area random sniper episode, and the 9/11 attacks and the ensuing climate of fear in the DC-metro area.
Served as the senior administrator in charge in the president's absence. Chaired the Crisis Management Team on behalf of the president. AWARD: Alumni Fellow, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, The University of Iowa, 2001.