Board of Regents approves new leadership appointments

The Board of Regents approved the appointment of Nancy Berner as the University’s eighth provost. Berner succeeds John Swallow, who was named as president of Carthage College. She served for five and a half years as associate and vice provost, and then vice president for planning and administration, while also serving as the University’s Title IX coordinator. With her transition to the post of provost, Berner named Professor Kelly Malone (English) to the position of Title IX coordinator. In this role, Malone will provide oversight and facilitation of University efforts to foster an environment that is free from sex-based discrimination.

Jay Fisher was elected by the Board of Regents to the position of Secretary of the Corporation. This is coupled with a title change for Fisher to vice president for university relations, as he adds to his portfolio oversight for the Office of Marketing and Communications, which is under the leadership of Parker Oliver. Fisher continues to oversee Advancement and Alumni and Parent Programs from his new office in Walsh-Ellett, while Robert Black and Terri Williams provide operational leadership in Thompson Union, and Susan Askew continues to provide leadership in the McGriff Alumni House.

Doug Williams, treasurer and vice president for finance, is the third member of the vice-chancellor’s senior leadership team along with Berner and Fisher. With Frank Gladu’s recent decision to focus his efforts on special projects, Williams has assumed oversight for Facilities Management (previously Physical Plant Services) under the guidance of Mike Gardner, and of Business Services under the direction of Rich Berlin.

There were changes in leadership in other offices as well. Earlier in the spring, Sallie Green became the Superintendent of Leases upon the retirement of Barbara Schlichting. Paul Wiley stepped aside as Secretary of the Corporation and as University registrar. While continuing to oversee the registrar’s office, now under the leadership of Joel Wells, Wiley will focus his expertise on data management and analysis.

Complete organizational charts can be found on the Provost’s website.