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Trustees sign off on series of personnel moves

Sept. 21, 2005

KALAMAZOO--Acting at their Sept. 16 meeting, Western Michigan University trustees approved the appointments of an associate dean and three interim department chairs.

The board signed off on the appointments of Dr. Katherine Cummings as associate dean of the College of Education, effective June 20; Dr. Terrell Hodge, interim chair of the Department of Mathematics, effective Aug. 1 through July 31, 2006; Dr. Timothy McGrew, interim chair of the Department of Philosophy, effective July 1 through June 30, 2006; and David Rozelle, interim chair of the Department of Accountancy, effective July 1 through June 30, 2006.

In related action, trustees also agreed to new appointment periods for the University ombuds and two current department chairs. Dr. Dona G. Icabone, University ombuds since 2003, has been reappointed for a term that will end June 30, 2006, her previously announced retirement date. Dr. Marion Gray, chair of the Department of History since 2001, and Dr. Brian Wilson, chair of the Department of Comparative Religion since 2001, have been reappointed to their leadership positions. Gray's appointment is through June 30, 2007, and Wilson will serve through June 30, 2008.

Katherine Cummings has served as interim dean for academic services in the College of Education since 2004. Prior to that, she had led WMU's School University Partnership Team--SUPT--since 2001. She first came to WMU in 1999 as an associate professor of teaching, learning and leadership. Before that, she was a faculty member at North Dakota State University for nine years. She also has taught at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and the University of Illinois. She earned a bachelor's degree from Moorhead State University in 1976, a master's degree from North Dakota State in 1984 and a doctoral degree from the University of Illinois in 1989.

Terrell Hodge, a faculty member since 1999, is a research mathematician whose expertise lies in the area known as modern algebra. Her particular research interests are primarily the modular representation theory and cohomology of algebraic groups, Lie algebras, and Lie triple systems, and her publications on these topics appear in some of the best-known mathematical journals. Hodge is a 1990 alumna of the University of Louisville. She earned her master's and doctoral degrees in pure mathematics in 1996 and 1999, respectively, from the University of Virginia.

Timothy McGrew, a faculty member since 1992, is a philosopher whose areas of expertise include the history of modern philosophy, the theory of knowledge, logic, and the history and philosophy of science. He is the author of the 1995 book, "The Foundations of Knowledge," and numerous journal articles and professional presentations. He earned a master's degree from the University of Scranton and a master's and doctoral degree from Vanderbilt University in 1991 and 1992, respectively.

David Rozelle is beginning his 36th year at WMU. In 1997, he was one in the first group of University professors honored for excellence in teaching with a presidential designation as a "named professor," and he has twice won the University's Alumni Teaching Excellence Award. A certified public accountant and certified management accountant, Rozelle also has worked for the accounting firms Ernst & Whinney, now Ernst & Young, and BDO Seidman. He earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Toledo and master's degrees from Michigan State University and WMU.

Media contact: Cheryl Roland, (269) 387-8400, cheryl.roland@wmich.edu

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