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Schmoll

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The self-imposed 30-day respite on the reorganization of portions of The University of Toledo’s academic areas has elapsed, and President Lloyd Jacobs, Interim Provost William McMillen and Chancellor Jeffrey Gold are taking steps to begin full implementation.

“With the full support of the Board of Trustees, we are now ready to take the first steps toward making this strategic restructuring a reality,” Jacobs said. “While there will be many issues to work through over the course of this journey, I’m confident that these are critical steps to take as we work to achieve excellence and ensure our relevance in the future.”

McMillen and Gold said Dr. Beverly Schmoll has been selected as dean of the newly constituted Judith Herb College of Education, Health Science and Human Service.

Pryor

Pryor

“During a relatively short tenure at UT, Beverly Schmoll has developed a track record of success that will help propel this new college forward rapidly,” McMillen said.

“This is an exciting time to be part of The University of Toledo,” Schmoll said. “The new college reflects the 21st century in every aspect. There are many points of connection that will enable faculty to engage in innovation and create cutting-edge programs. I look forward to the possible synergies that will evolve.”

In addition, McMillen announced that Dr. Ben Pryor will serve as dean of the College of Innovative Learning. Like the position of dean of the College of Graduate Studies, held by Dr. Patricia Komuniecki, Pryor also will serve as a vice provost.

Lettman

Lettman

“This new college represents a critical component of our future as it relates to technology and innovation in the classroom, on the web and beyond,” McMillen said. “Ben has the vision, the passion and the drive to transform the way we think about the delivery of the student academic experience.”

“The creation of this college represents a recognition from our university’s leadership that teaching and research are being reinvented thanks to innovative new technologies, and that students need to learn how to learn as a condition for success in a a world that expects both deep knowledge and creativity,” Pryor said. “I am incredibly excited to be a part of a new approach to first-year teaching, and to bringing critical thinking to the front of our plan for academic success.”

McMillen also announced the decision to keep the recently established College of Adult and Lifelong Learning as a college, rather than a school as previously suggested. Dr. Dennis Lettman will remain dean.

The appointments were coupled with the announcement of searches for three deans to lead the new colleges of Languages, Literature and Social Sciences; Natural Sciences and Mathematics; and Visual and Performing Arts.

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