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Winthrop University SACSCOC Steering Committee

The Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs appointed a steering committee to provide oversight of the Fifth-Year Interim Report process. The steering committee is charged with the following:

  • Serving as representatives of their respective constituencies (e.g. college, division, etc.);
  • Reviewing and approving the proposed timeline; and
  • Reviewing and approving the subcommittee reports prior to formal submission to the                Provost and President.
  • The steering committee is composed of the following 15 members:

    Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs
    Karen C. Jones, Vice Provost for Administration (chair)
    Jean Silagyi-Rebovich, Executive Director, Institutional Effectiveness
    Noreen Gaubatz, Director of Assessment
    Meg Webber, Vice Provost for Academic Quality and Innovation and Director of the Global Learning Initiative 

    Faculty Conference
    John Bird, Faculty Representative, Board of Trustees, and Chair, Faculty Conference

    Staff Conference
    F. Grant Scurry, Chair, Staff Conference

    Council of Student Leaders
    Elisabeth West, Chair of CSL

    College of Arts & Sciences
    Takita Sumter, Professor, Chemistry

    College of Business Administration
    Nicki Washington, Associate Professor, Computer Science

    College of Education
    Lisa Johnson, Associate Dean and Director, Rex Institute

    College of Visual and Performing Arts
    Jason Tselentis, Associate Professor, Design

    University College
    Don Rakestraw, Professor

    Library Services
    DeAnn Brame, Digital Services and Systems Librarian 

    Student Life
    Anthony Davis, Associate Dean of Students

    Office of the President
    Kimberly Faust, Chief of Staff and Secretary to the Board of Trustees

    Winthrop University SACSCOC Fifth-Year Interim Report Subcommittees

    Subcommittees organized around components of the Fifth-Year Interim Report will examine recent SACSCOC guidelines for compliance, review documentation from the 2011 reaffirmation, identify needed revisions, and identify appropriate sources of information to make such revisions.  Draft reports authored by subcommittees will be reviewed and edited by an assigned individual prior to submitting them for approval by the Provost and President.

    QEP Impact Report Subcommittee
    Meg Webber, Vice Provost for Academic Quality and Innovation and Director of the Global Learning Initiative (co-chair)
    Gloria G. Jones, Dean, University College (co-chair)

    Institutional Summary Form Subcommittee
    Karen C. Jones, Vice Provost for Administration

    Qualified Personnel Subcommittee
    Lisa Cowart, Associate Vice President for Human Resources and Employee Diversity and Wellness (co-chair)
    Karen C. Jones, Vice Provost for Administration (co-chair)

    Institutional Effectiveness Subcommittee
    Beth Costner, Professor and Associate Dean COE and Director of Student Services (co-chair)
    Andrew Vorder Bruegge, Assistant Dean CVPA, College Graduate Director CVPA, and Director of the Master of Arts in Arts Administration (co-chair)

    Educational Programs Subcommittee
    Tim Drueke, Assistant Vice President for Curriculum and Program Support (co-chair)
    Jack DeRochi, Dean, Graduate School (co-chair)

    Student Support Services Subcommittee 
    Kimarie Whetstone, Director, Online Learning (co-chair)
    Ellin McDonough, Director Career and Civic Engagement (co-chair)

    Policy Subcommittee
    Vacant, Internal Auditor/Compliance Officer (co-chair)
    Ellen Wilder-Byrd, Associate Vice President for University Communications and Marketing (co-chair)

    Physical Facilities Subcommittee
    Chris Johnson, Sustainability Coordinator (co-chair)
    TJ Hyatt, Coordinator Academic Space & Scheduling (co-chair)

    Admissions & Financial Aid Subcommittee
    Edwardo Prieto, Vice President for Enrollment Management (co-chair)
    Michelle Hare, Director, Financial Aid (co-chair)


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