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Nov. 24 , 2004
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EMU announces administrative changes in academic affairs

YPSILANTIEastern Michigan University Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Donald Loppnow has announced several administrative appointments for the division of academic affairs.

“These appointments are part of a divisional realignment that will help us to build on past successes,” said Loppnow. “The administrators will bring a wealth of experience to their new positions, and I’m looking forward to working with them.”

The new appointments are:

Robert Neely, associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences has been named to the new position of interim senior associate vice president for academic affairs, effective Jan. 1, 2005. Neely’s responsibilities will include overseeing academic continuous improvement, divisional strategic planning and faculty development. Neely, 50, is an Ypsilanti resident.

Ellene Tratas Contis, assistant vice president for academic services, has been appointed associate vice president for undergraduate studies, effective immediately. Contis will oversee the areas of general education; the undergraduate experience; the honors program; diversity programs and initiatives; community college relations; Upward Bound; SummerQuest and ElderQuest.  This position is part of a realignment of responsibilities in the Provost’s Office. Contis, 57, is a resident of Saline.

Mary Suzanne Marz, head of the School of Nursing, has been named interim associate vice president for extended programs, effective Dec. 1, 2004. Marz will be responsible for EMU’s Centers for Corporate Training; continuing education; the Institute for the Study of Children, Families and Communities; and the World College. This position has been vacant since Sept. 2004. Marz, 61, is a Saline resident.

Rhonda Kinney Longworth, department head, political science, has been appointed interim assistant vice president for academic human resources, effective Jan. 1, 2005. Longworth will oversee contract administration, the faculty hiring process, appointment of faculty and staff and preparations for contract negotiations. She replaces Robert VanDerVelde, who will transition to a faculty position. Longworth, 37, is an Ann Arbor resident.

Crystal Mills, professor of social work, has been named interim senior executive for strategic planning and continuous improvement as of Nov. 15, 2004. She replaces Donald Loppnow, who was appointed interim provost and vice president for academic affairs in Sept. 2004. Mills, 53, is a resident of West Bloomfield.

Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their careers and lives, and to be better citizens.

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Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their career and lives, and to be better citizens.

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