Over the next eight
months, HPU will embark on major changes to its academic
divisions, President Chatt G. Wright announced in December.
This major reorganization is an excellent response to the economic
downturn we face now and will likely face for the next few years,” said
Wright. “Colleges and universities across the country are
already responding to the immediate economic impact of what has
happened to global markets, and HPU is not alone in preparing
for potentially very difficult times ahead.”
Under the direction of Dr. John Kearns, Vice President of Academic
Affairs, the reorganization has three components and will occur
in two phases, with the first to begin this month.
1) The merger of the Center for Distance Education and the Military
Campus Programs under a new department, the Office of Off-Campus
2) The merger of the present seven colleges into four.
3) The establishment of departments within the new colleges and
the creation of department chair positions.
Phase one will focus on opportunities for enrollment growth,
and according to Kearns, “Expanding distance learning is
the first priority.” In a general memo to the HPU community,
Kearns explained that this expansion will have an immediate impact
on enrollment, and that to make it possible, “We need a
more efficient and coordinated approach.” Under the reorganization,
Bob Cyboron, currently MCP dean, will become associate vice president
of Off- Campus Programs.
Under his [Cyboron’s] leadership, MCP has become increasingly
integrated into the life of the main campus,” Kearns explained,
adding that “distance learning is already part of his portfolio,
since more than 60 percent of military students taking HPU courses
do so via distance learning.” Current Dean of Distance
Education Joe Schmiedl will become assistant vice president for
Phase two will be implemented in July, said Kearns. The School
of Nursing and the College of Natural Sciences will remain largely
unaffected. The colleges of professional studies and business
will merge as the College of Business Administration and Professional
Services under the direction of a new Dean Aytun Ozturk. The
colleges of communication, liberal arts, and international studies
will become the College of Humanities and Social Sciences under
the direction of the current Dean of Communication, Dr. Steven
Combs. Bill Potter, interim dean of Liberal Arts, will serve
as associate dean.
Dr. Gordon Jones, current dean of Professional Studies, and Dr.
Vince Tsushima, currently assistant dean of Liberal Arts, will
both return to the faculty. Dr. Carlos Juarez, current dean of
International Studies, will serve as department chair for International