CUW restructures leadership

By News Graphic Staff

Dec. 12, 2017

 William Cario, front, will serve as provost and chief academic officer at Concordia University Wisconsin. He will be joined by three vice provosts, from left, Bernard Bull, Leah Dvorak and Michael Uden.
Photo courtesy of Concordia University Wisconsin

MEQUON — Concordia University Wisconsin and Ann Arbor will alter its administrative structure in order to take a more cohesive approach to the spectrum of student success, CUW President Patrick J. Ferry announced Tuesday.

Effective Jan. 1, 2018, William Cario will step into the new role of provost and chief academic officer, and will lead the university’s academics and admissions efforts. Cario has led the university’s academics arm since 2007, but with the provost position creation, he will assume responsibility for the whole range of student experience, according to a news release.

“I am excited about this opportunity to develop a more seamless approach to student experience,” Cario said. “Students can expect to be challenged in the classroom, but they shouldn’t have to be challenged signing up for the class. This is the type of concern we hope to improve upon with the new model.”

Serving under Cario will be three vice provosts. Concordia has promoted three current employees to the new roles.

Michael Uden will vacate his position as dean of Concordia’s School of Education – a position he has held since 2008 – to accept the role of vice provost of Student Enrollment and Engagement. In his new role, Uden will have two primary responsibilities: to oversee the admissions process across the university, tying it into other processes; and to develop and implement a vision for a seamless student experience from prospective students to alumni, the news release added.

“I am most humbled and eager for the opportunity to serve Concordia in this new capacity,” Uden said. “It will be phenomenally exciting to learn and collaborate with such a talented and dedicated team in order to understand and fulfill the needs and expectations of Concordians, both new and existing. The mission of this university is more relevant than ever, and it is a privilege to be Christ’s ambassadors in this place.”

Serving as vice provost of Faculty Affairs will be Leah Dvorak, who has served as assistant vice president of Academics under Cario since 2011. The new role will add responsibilities pertaining to faculty affairs to her plate. Currently, she solely manages faculty development.

Rounding out the vice provost trio is Bernard Bull, who has led Concordia’s online, distance and center programs since 2011. As vice provost of Curriculum and Academic Innovation, Bull will lead the university’s teaching efforts and will coordinate with the university’s academic deans to ensure students are met with high-quality, mission-driven learning experiences and academic programs.

A search for a new dean for the School of Education will be underway soon. University administrators hope to have an interim dean in place by Jan. 1, 2018, and a permanent replacement hired by July 1, 2018.

Over the summer, Ferry formed a task force to evaluate the governance structure of the university. A group of Concordia employees began meeting to research best practices of other universities and strategize a feasible structure.

“As a university, we continuously strive to respond with deftness and flexibility to the present and anticipated future challenges within the higher education landscape,” Ferry said. “Challenges such as changing demographics and the national debt concern among college graduates cause us to diligently assess our offerings in order to meet the needs of today’s learners. I’m confident that with the refocused leadership of Dr. Bill Cario and his team, we will make strides toward achieving a better model to serve our students.”