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Dean candidates make public presentations

April 9, 2010

KALAMAZOO--Two internal candidates for the position of dean of the Lee Honors College will address the Western Michigan University community during public presentations the week of April 11.

Dr. Mathew Mingus, former director of the School of Public Affairs and Administration, will speak from 2 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 13. Dr. Nicholas Andreadis, acting honors college dean, will speak from 2 to 3 p.m. Friday, April 16. Both presentations will take place in the Lee Honors College lounge and will be followed by a reception.

Visit wmich.edu/provost to view the candidates' curricula vitae.

Candidates for dean of the Lee Honors College

Nicholas Andreadis took the reigns at the Lee Honors College in January following Dr. Keith M. Hearit's permanent appointment as WMU's vice provost for strategic enrollment management. He also was named in January to direct the college's Academically Talented Youth Program.

A faculty member since 1999, Andreadis led the University's regional education efforts from 2005 to 2006 as dean of Extended University Programs. At the time of his January appointments, he had been serving as interim associate dean of the honors college since 2007.

The assistant professor of counselor education and counseling psychology also was coordinating WMU's master's program in human resource development as well as teaching for WMU's doctoral programs in interdisciplinary evaluation and in interdisciplinary health studies.

Andreadis earned a bachelor's degree from Kent State University in 1969 and a medical degree from Creighton University School of Medicine in 1974. He is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology and American College of Physicians.

Prior to coming to WMU, Andreadis was a senior consultant at TSI Consulting Partners from 1998 to 1999 and worked at Pharmacia and its merger partner, the Upjohn Co., from 1984 to 1997. During his final five years with the firm, he served in a series of executive-level positions aimed at developing globally effective leaders and managing organizational change. His titles included vice president of the Corporate Quality Center, vice president for leadership development and administrative services, and vice president for global leadership development.


Mathew Mingus has been a WMU faculty member since 1998. He served the public affairs and administration school as its doctoral director from 2003 to 2008, and was tapped to head the unit in August 2007.

A governance expert, Mingus served in the latter post until January 2009, when he took an unpaid leave to serve as a governance advisor for the U.S. Department of State in Iraq. During this yearlong leave, he was embedded with the Provincial Reconstruction Team based at Camp Taji and helped develop Iraqi local and provincial governments.

Mingus was awarded the 2005-06 Fulbright Research Chair at the University of Ottawa's Centre on Governance and was recognized in 2008 as one of the nation's top-50 emerging scholars in his field. His research focuses on federalism, democratic reform, the changing nature of borders and sovereignty, interorganizational networks, and program and policy evaluation.

Before coming to WMU, Mingus taught at universities in the United States and Canada, served as a junior research fellow at the University of Colorado at Denver, directed projects and organizations related to substance abuse prevention, and worked as a project officer for Canada's Department of Finance. He earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Denver, a master's degree from the University of Victoria in British Columbia and a doctoral degree from the University of Colorado.


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

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