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Andreadis is new honors college dean

May 19, 2010

KALAMAZOO--Dr. Nicholas Andreadis has been chosen to become the new dean of Western Michigan University's celebrated Lee Honors College.

Andreadis, who has served as acting dean since January, was selected following an internal search in which he was one of two final candidates. His appointment, which is pending approval by the WMU Board of Trustees, is effective July 1 and also includes a tenured position as associate professor of counselor education and counseling psychology.

In addition to leading the honors college, Andreadis also will continue his role as director of the college's Academically Talented Youth Program, which serves gifted middle and high school students from more than 50 school districts in West Michigan.

"Dr. Andreadis has shown a deep commitment to and affinity for building the kind of learning environment that allows our most gifted young people to reach their full potential," said WMU Provost Timothy Greene in announcing the appointment. "Those qualities combined with his successful administrative background made him a wonderful choice for this position."

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 acting honors college dean appointment in January, he had been serving as interim associate dean of the college since 2007.

As an assistant professor of counselor education and counseling psychology, Andreadis coordinated WMU's master's program in human resource development and has taught in the doctoral programs in interdisciplinary evaluation and in interdisciplinary health studies.

"It is a distinct privilege to serve as dean of the Lee Honors College," Andreadis says. "As interim dean, I've thoroughly enjoyed my interactions with our honor students, whose enthusiasm and passion for learning brighten and enliven my day. The LHC has a rich and proud history spanning five decades, and I humbly accept the responsibility for its stewardship."

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, he 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.

Andreadis will succeed. Dr. Keith M. Hearit, who now serves as the University's vice provost for strategic enrollment management.

The Lee Honors College is one of the oldest and most highly regarded collegiate honors programs in the nation. The college serves as academic home to more than 1,200 top students from around the nation who are enrolled in disciplines across WMU. For incoming freshmen, admission to the Lee Honors College is by invitation only. High school students who are accepted to WMU receive an invitation to join the honors college if they have an ACT composite score of at least 26 and a GPA of 3.6. The credentials of a typical class of honors college freshmen equal or surpass the credentials of students at the most elite private colleges in the state and nation.

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Media contact: Mark Schwerin, (269) 387-8400, mark.schwerin@wmich.edu

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