WMU News

Board approves appointments

Sept. 19, 1997

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. -- The appointments of an associate dean and an assistant dean were approved Sept. 19 by the Western Michigan University Board of Trustees.

Dr. David W. Parrott was named associate dean of students, effective July 7, 1997, and Dr. Julie A. Stoffels was named assistant dean and director of teacher education in the College of Education, effective Aug. 10, 1997.

Parrott comes to WMU from Western Kentucky University, where he was assistant dean of student life. He had been employed there since 1980, when he earned his bachelor's degree, originally serving as a residence hall director. Over the past 17 years, he also served as director of residence life and coordinated the campuswide judicial system, two student retention programs, an outcomes assessment plan and a campuswide service learning initiative.

In addition to his bachelor's degree, Parrott holds a teacher certification and a master's degree in student personnel services from WKU. He earned his doctoral degree in counseling and college student personnel from the University of Louisville. He also has taught undergraduate and graduate classes at WKU. He replaces Charles G. (Bud) Donnelly, who retired.

Stoffels previously was an associate professor of education and coordinator of secondary education at Alverno College in Milwaukee, Wis. Her responsibilities have included serving as the secondary education liaison to discipline departments at the college and advising secondary education degree and certification students as well as leading student teaching courses. She had been a faculty member at Alverno since 1981.

Stoffels earned her bachelor's degree from Monmouth College, her master's degree from Northwestern University and her doctoral degree in curriculum and instruction from Marquette University. She has served as president of the Association of Independent Liberal Arts Colleges for Teacher Education. She replaces Dr. Sandra J. Odell, director of undergraduate studies and professional services in the College of Education, who resigned.

The board also approved the appointment of Dr. Donald R. Schreiber as interim chairperson of the Department of Chemistry, effective Sept. 1, 1997, to Dec. 31, 1997. He will serve until Dr. Jay C. Means, whose appointment was approved in June, comes on board on Jan. 1, 1998. Schreiber has been a WMU faculty member since 1988.

In other action, the board approved a return to the faculty for Dr. Joel P. Bowman as a professor of business information systems, effective June 30, 1998, and of Dr. Richard J. Dieker as a professor of communication, effective Aug. 5, 1997. Bowman has been serving as interim chairperson of the Department of Business Information Systems since 1992. Dieker had been approved for a leave of absence to serve as resident director of Sunway College in Malaysia.

The board also approved a leave of absence for Dr. Richard W. Pippen, professor of biological sciences, effective Aug. 11, 1997, to June 30, 1998, to serve as resident director of Sunway College in Malaysia. He previously held that position from 1992 to 1995.

In addition, the board accepted the resignations of Dr. Michelle D. Chinoda, assistant professor of family and consumer sciences, effective Aug. 27, 1997, and of Stella I. Morado-Cahue, associate to the vice president for student affairs, effective Aug. 3, 1997.

In other action, the board approved the retirement with emerita status of Dr. Judy A. Yaeger, associate professor of business information systems, effective Aug. 31, 1998. She has been a WMU faculty member since 1985.

The board also granted the retirements of these staff members, along with their years of service and effective dates: Leona Heerlyn, medical office assistant in the Sindecuse Health Center, 18 years, effective Oct. 31, 1997; Robert W. Krohn, equipment operator in the landscape services area of the physical plant, 23 years, effective Sept. 30, 1997; and Frances T. Rhodes, manager of freight and delivery in logistical services, 17 years, effective Sept. 30, 1997.

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