It is hard to believe that we are nearing the end of June! I hope this message finds you safe and healthy! I write today to inform you of some restructuring changes within the Office of the Provost & Academic Affairs.
Since the beginning of my time as provost, the quality of our online educational offerings has been a priority within my vision for the academic programs at DeSales University. As you know, this has become part of the current strategic plan of the University, for which a specific set of goals and objectives have been developed by an Online Strategy Task Force under the guidance of Dr. Dave Gilfoil, Vice President for Strategic Planning and Business Initiatives. Therefore, to provide the innovative leadership needed to facilitate growth in our online programs and achieve these goals, I have appointed Dr. Eric Hagan as the Dean of Online Education, effective July 1, 2020. I think you will agree that the leadership Eric has demonstrated as Director of the Center for Educational Resources & Technology (CERT) over the years, but most especially during our recent online pivot, makes him qualified and prepared to assume this new position.
In his role as a dean, Eric will join the Academic Oversight Committee, allowing him to collaborate with the academic division heads to implement the quality control processes for online programs which have been reviewed and improved over the past year. The future leadership of the CERT team will be determined in the coming weeks; however, its director will now report to the Dean of Online Education. Additionally, the academic programming of the ACCESS program will also come under the oversight of the Dean of Online Education. To that end, Mr. Michael Yergey, currently the Executive Director of ACCESS, will become the Assistant Dean of Adult & Continuing Education, effective July 1, 2020, and report to the new dean. Mike will lead the efforts to maintain, improve and expand our academic programs in ACCESS. This administrative move will realign the development and delivery of the ACCESS program under Academic Affairs; recruitment and advising of ACCESS students will remain in the Office of Enrollment Management.
I am eager to work with Eric and Mike in their new roles, and welcome them to the Office of the Provost & Academic Affairs located in Brisson Hall. If you have any concerns or questions about this announcement, please do not hesitate to contact me directly.
I wish you well, as we anticipate movement to the green phase in Pennsylvania this Friday.
Brother Daniel P. Wisniewski, O.S.F.S., Ph.D.