WMU News

Three student affairs administrators promoted

Sept. 25, 2002

KALAMAZOO -- Acting at its Sept. 20 meeting, Western Michigan University's Board of Trustees approved the promotions of three administrators in the Division of Student Affairs.

Also during the meeting, trustees approved the previously announced appointments of Gary M. Kirk, M.D., as director of the University's Sindecuse Health Center and David A. Corstange, senior associate director of athletics, as interim head of intercollegiate athletics while Athletic Director Kathy Beauregard is on an extended medical leave.

All three of the student affairs promotions were effective Aug. 1. Approved were the appointments of Suzanne J. Nagel as associate dean of students; Vernon Payne as associate vice president for student affairs and Dr. Martha B. Warfield as assistant vice president for student affairs.

Nagel came to WMU and the Division of Student Affairs in 1997 as judicial affairs assistant in the Office of Student Conduct--formerly the Office of Student Judicial Affairs. She was elevated to office director in 1998.

In her new post, Nagel will develop programming and training initiatives designed to educate students on the values of character, civility, integrity and citizenship. She also retains leadership responsibility for the Office of Student Conduct. Nagel earned a bachelor of science degree in psychology from Valparaiso University and a master of science degree in college student personnel services from Miami University.

Payne came to WMU in 1982 as head basketball coach. He was named an assistant director in the Office of Admissions and Orientation in 1989 and joined the Division of Student Affairs in 1992 as director of what is now University Recreation. He was named assistant vice president for student affairs in 1998.

In his new post, Payne will supervise the Business Operations and Facilities unit. He also retains leadership responsibility for the University Recreation, Residence Life and Information Technology units. Payne earned two degrees from Indiana University, a bachelor of science degree in speech pathology and audiology and a master of arts degree in guidance and counseling.

Warfield came to WMU and the Division of Student Affairs in 1992 as a psychologist and associate professor in the University Counseling and Testing Center. She was named director of the division's Multicultural Affairs unit in 1993.

In her new post, Warfield will work on programs and policies related to diversity, academic collaborations and assessment. She also retains leadership responsibility for the Division of Multicultural Affairs. Warfield earned a bachelor of science degree in social science from WMU, a master of arts degree in education from the University of Oregon, and a doctor of philosophy degree in counseling psychology from Michigan State University. She also was a postdoctoral fellow in MSU's Institute of Research in Teaching.

Media contact: Jeanne Baron, 269 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu


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