Midway College Completes National Search for New Chief Academic Officer

May 21 - Nov 21

For Immediate Release
May 21, 2013

Midway College

Midway College Completes National Search for New Chief Academic Officer

Dr. Laura Armesto Named Vice President of Academic Affairs and Provost

Midway, KY- Midway College is pleased to announce that after conducting a national search, Dr. Laura Armesto has been named the new Vice President of Academic Affairs and Provost.

Dr. Armesto most recently served as Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty for ten years at Chatham University in Pittsburgh. At Chatham University, she achieved institutional ten-year and subsequent five-year reaffirmations of the institution's accreditation; achieved external accreditations for a number of undergraduate and graduate programs; developed more than two dozen new programs at the bachelors, masters, and doctoral levels; secured external grant funding for academic areas; and worked closely with the president's cabinet to increase student enrollment and retention. Dr. Armesto also held a number of administrative positions at Barry University in Miami before joining Chatham University. She is an accreditation reviewer, has served as a grant reviewer for the American Association of Colleges and Universities, and has facilitated workshops for chief academic officers through the Council of Independent Colleges.

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"I am pleased to welcome Dr. Armesto to Midway College. She possesses a wealth of academic and administrative experience as well as a collaborative leadership style that will serve the institution well," said Dr. John P. Marsden, President of Midway College. "The search committee believes Dr. Armesto is a strong fit for the institution, and I know her capabilities first hand after working with her earlier in my career."

As Vice President of Academic Affairs and Provost, Dr. Armesto will oversee all academic areas, the academic support center, the library, the registrar, institutional research and effectiveness, and athletics. In addition, she will oversee student life and admissions due to her experience with these areas and to facilitate greater collaboration and communication across units. The title of Provost will be used to signify her role as a chief academic officer who also serves as the second officer of the institution under the president.

Dr. Marlene Helm served a one year appointment as the Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs and will now return to her position as Professor of Education with oversight of the Teacher Education Graduate Program.

"I thank Dr. Helm for her service over the last year in the interim position," said Marsden. "The first graduating class of our Master of Arts in Teaching program which she helped establish just received their diplomas at our May commencement. I know under her leadership that program will continue to grow and other graduate level programs will be developed."

Dr. Armesto will begin her duties at the College on June 24.

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