In alignment with the university’s strategic plan, particularly as it relates to stewarding resources (goal 5), while supporting excellence in Lasallian Catholic education, the Academic Affairs department has made the following organizational changes to better serve our students:

  • University Library services across all campuses have been re-structured with a focus on enhanced technology to support student library services. The Libraries reconfigured several positions after a full organizational review and after recent resignations and retirements. The result is innovative librarian roles that will better support student needs and ensure that Saint Mary’s Libraries remain agile in support of the university. We are pleased to announce that Rachel McGee has accepted the position of Director of Libraries. In this role, Rachel will support academic success with a focus on student-centered services and faculty collaboration.
  • The registrar’s office, under the direction of Chris Verch and his team in Winona and Alison Block and her team at SGPP, are moving to Academic Affairs from Enrollment Management. This strategic move will better support university-wide policies, student support, and allow Enrollment Management to concentrate fully on recruitment.
  • We are pleased to announce that Emma Erdahl has been promoted to administrative director of academic affairs. In this role, Emma is responsible for the coordination of our university-wide Institutional Review Board, facilitation of SGPP adjunct contract administration, and project management of major initiatives from the office of the vice provost for faculties and academic affairs.

“These decisions were made with the students of Saint Mary’s University in mind,” said Dr. Matt J. Nowakowski, vice provost for faculties and academic affairs. “The goal for all of the units of Academic Affairs is outstanding student service in the new academic year and beyond.”

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