Deans share initiatives


Deans or assistant deans shared highlights and initiatives from their colleges at the Council of Trustees’ recent quarterly meeting. They are:

  • James Brown, College of Liberal Arts: Two programs for underserved populations, Second Chance Pell for inmates at SCI-Muncy and Mahanoy, and the proposed Anchor programs for young adults who are no longer eligible for the foster care program.
  • Elizabeth Mauch, College of Education: Graduate-level programs in reading, school counseling and college student affairs.
  • Jennifer Venditti, College of Science and Technology: Nursing’s RN to BSN program, BU’s new Doctor of Clinical Practice program and the Bachelor of Applied Science in Technical Leadership.
  • Jeffrey Krug, College of Business: Majors in supply chain management and international business, minors in professional sales and small business and entrepreneurship, concentration in personal financial planning and the MBA program.

Also during the meeting, Trustees:

  • Approved the extension of the university’s strategic plan to Impact 2017
  • Recognized new faculty emeriti, James Dalton, psychology, and Robert Gates, who retired as associate vice president and dean of graduate studies.

In the earlier Committee of the Whole meeting, Vice Presidents John Loonan, Tom Fletcher, Dione Somerville, Erik Evans and Ira Blake provided updates. Noteworthy items include:

  • Fall enrollment is down from 9,909 students in fall 2015 to 9,754 students in fall 2016. The decrease is attributed, in part, to fewer first time students, including Act 101 and summer freshmen.
  • Fewer freshmen are tripled this fall. There are 81 tripled rooms in fall 2016, down from 315 at the same time last year.
  • The It’s Personal campaign has reached $46.2 million of its $50 million goal. More than 17,000 gifts have been made and the endowment is now at $30 million. CGA committed $350,000 to the campaign to help students who otherwise would lack the funding to continue on at BU.