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JAN. 21, 2005--Dr. Don Betz is Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of Central Oklahoma. He has held previous administrative positions including Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs at Palmer College of Chiropractic, and several administrative positions at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, including Vice President of University Relations, Dean of Continuing Studies, Assistant to the President, Director of University Relations, and Executive Director of the Educational Foundation.

His administrative accomplishments include the founding of the University of Central Oklahoma Center for Undergraduate Research and the establishment of the annual statewide Undergraduate Research Day; the establishment of a Faculty Enhancement Center; co-founding of the Oklahoma Center for Arts Education; serving on the original implementation committee of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities’s American Democracy Project; and initiating the Center for Tribal Studies at Northeastern State University.

Dr. Betz, who is a board member and regular presenter for the Oklahoma Educators’ Leadership Academy, has made leadership development among faculty, staff and students an integral part of his administrative accomplishments. Dr. Betz has significant fundraising experience and is a co-founder of the University of Central Oklahoma Alliance for Institutional Advancement, an innovative and successful campus-wide collaboration for the advancement of the institution.

Dr. Betz also has considerable international experience, having worked at the United Nations on the Question of Palestine, one of his areas of expertise, and having served as an Assistant Foreign Editor for the Daily Star in Beirut, Lebanon, during the 1970s. He is the author of numerous final declarations, statements and communiqués adopted at United Nations conferences, symposia and seminars.

He has given presentations on leadership, globalization, civic engagement and higher education and is an international affairs analyst for regional media.

Dr. Betz, who earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in international relations from the University of Denver, has held the position of Professor of Political Science at University of Central Oklahoma and Northeastern State University and has awards for excellence in service and teaching.

Dr. Kendall Blanchard is Professor of Business and Anthropology at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colo., where he served as President from 1999 to 2002. His administrative appointments include Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at the University of Tennessee at Martin, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Lamar University, and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Emporia State University.

Dr. Blanchard’s administrative accomplishments demonstrate his commitment to academic excellence, such as instituting a Teaching Technology Lab the University of Tennessee at Martin and leading the development of online courses at Fort Lewis College, which has been named one of the nation’s Top 10 "most wired" campuses of its size and mission. Dr. Blanchard has a record of supporting faculty development, having established a special fund, administered by the faculty, for the support of faculty research and instructional innovation.

Under Dr. Blanchard’s leadership, Fort Lewis College increased the diversity of its student body, enrolling over 700 Native American students, representing over 100 tribes, and significantly increasing the Hispanic student enrollment. As President of Fort Lewis College, Dr. Blanchard secured funds for two building projects, including a Child Development Center, and laid the groundwork for a new capital campaign.

Dr. Blanchard received his Ph.D. in cultural anthropology and M.A. in anthropology from Southern Methodist University, a M. Div. in religion studies and anthropology from Vanderbilt University, and a B.A. in English, history and philosophy from Olivet Nazarene College in Illinois.

He has published numerous articles on Native Americans and on the anthropology of sport. His book publications include The Anthropology of Sport: An Introduction (Greenwood Press, 1995), The Mississippi Choctaws at Play: The Serious Side of Leisure (University of Illinois Press, 1981), The Economics of Sainthood: Religious Chance Among the Rimrock Navajo (Farleigh Dickinson University Press, 1976), and The Ramah Navajos: A Growing Sense of Community in Historical Perspective (Navajo Tribal Press, 1971). Dr. Blanchard, whose research interests include K-12 and post-secondary education, is also co-editor of the book Humanizing Science Education in Tennessee: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Ecology (National Science Foundation, 1980).

Dr. Sharon Hoffman is Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Clayton State College and University in Georgia. She previously served as Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at Spalding University in Kentucky, where she also served as Interim President. Dr. Hoffman was the Dean of the School of Nursing at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Dean of the College of Nursing at the Medical University of South Carolina, Associate Dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center and Assistant Dean for Outreach at the University of Minnesota.

She is responsible for developing and implementing the strategic plan at Clayton State University where she reorganized enrollment services and led an enrollment management team that increased student enrollment and retention. In her various administrative roles, Dr. Hoffman has led in the development of academic and outreach programs, launching one of the first undergraduate history majors with a focus on archives at Clayton State University; implementing an M.F.A. in creative writing and support for the literary magazine, the Louisville Review, at Spalding University; and establishing and raising funds for the Institute for Urban Health Partnerships at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, a public-private partnership that delivers health care to over 12,000 indigent families in Milwaukee.

Working with various faculty groups, Dr. Hoffman has been responsible for the development and implementation of over 26 undergraduate and graduate majors. She has considerable experience in fund raising, including three endowed chairs, building renovations, and scholarships.

Dr. Hoffman received her M.S. in Nursing and Nursing Education and Ph.D. in Higher Education: Cognitive Psychology, from the University of Minnesota, and holds an M.B.A. in marketing from Duke University. She has published articles and has given numerous presentations in the field of nursing, organizational development, and higher education. She is an internationally known leader in health care and is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.

Dr. Hoffman has served as a consultant to the government of Taiwan on public health education and as a consultant to the government of Cyprus. She engaged the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in a faculty and student exchange with Keimyung University in Tageu, South Korea. Dr. Hoffman has held tenured faculty positions in nursing and health services and has taught in Colleges of Education and Business. She is known for supporting the liberal arts and assisting with the development of graduate programs in the arts and sciences.

Dr. Robert A. Kennedy is Interim President at the University of Maine, where he previously served as Executive Vice President and Provost. Dr. Kennedy was Vice President for Research and Associate Provost for Graduate Studies at Texas A & M University; Vice President for Research, Maryland Institute for Agriculture and Natural Resources, at the University of Maryland; Director of the Cellular Biochemistry Program at the National Science Foundation, Chair of the Department of Horticulture at Ohio State University; Assistant Director of Research, Agricultural Experiment Station and Director of the Graduate Program in Horticulture at Washington State University.

Dr. Kennedy led the strategic planning process at the University of Maine, which resulted in the creation of a campus-wide Information Sciences Initiative that stresses the life sciences and digital technologies, as well as the creation of an Honors College that emphasizes undergraduate research. Under his leadership, the University of Maine developed a multi-college statewide program for teacher preparation in math and science education.

Dr. Kennedy, who has received awards for his commitment to diversity in higher education, led the reorganization of the Native Studies and Franco-American Studies programs into university-wide programs at the University of Maine. Dr. Kennedy has received federal and foundation grants and private money in support of undergraduate research and student diversity.He has significant experience and success in developing partnerships with constituents outside the university.

Dr. Kennedy, who holds a Ph.D. in botany from the University of California, Berkeley and a B.S. in plant science from the University of Minnesota, has published numerous articles on plant biochemistry in various academic journals and has received grants for his research from agencies such as the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the National Institute for Health. Dr. Kennedy has held tenured faculty positions in horticulture and botany.

Dr. Judith Ramaley holds a presidential professorship in biomedical sciences at the University of Maine and is a fellow of the Margaret Chase Smith Center for Public Policy. She is also a Visiting Senior Scientist at the National Academy of Sciences. From 2001-2004, she was Assistant Director for Education and Human Resources Directorate at the National Science Foundation. From 1997 to 2001, Dr. Ramaley served as President of the University of Vermont, and from 1990 to 1997, she served as President of Portland State University.

Her previous administrative experience includes Executive Vice Chancellor at the University of Kansas; Vice President for Academic Affairs and Acting President at the University of Albany, State University of New York; and Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.

Under Dr. Ramaley’s leadership, the University of Vermont established a center for Teaching and Learning, which enhanced undergraduate learning and support for faculty development, as well as a Life Skills program in intercollegiate sports. She played a significant leadership role in the creation of the Vermont Public Education Partnership, involving the Vermont Department of Education, the University of Vermont and the Vermont State Colleges for the support of pre-kindergarten to postsecondary education.

Dr. Ramaley has demonstrated success in fundraising the University of Vermont increased during her tenure as President, and total giving tripled during her tenure at Portland State University.Under her leadership, Portland State University became a national model for developing a general education curriculum built on community-based learning. At Portland State University, Dr. Ramaley led the initiative that established the Portland Education Network, which supports collaboration among K-12 schools, community colleges, and public four-year institutions in Washington state and Oregon.

Based on her accomplishments as President of Portland State University, Dr. Ramaley received the first Leadership Award from the American Association for Higher Education and the National Conference on School / College Collaboration. She has served on numerous national committees and boards, including the Subcommittee on College Drinking, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Advisory Council for School-to-Work Opportunities, and the Kellogg Commission for the Future of the State and Land-Grant Universities.

Dr. Ramaley holds a Ph.D. in anatomy from the University of California-Los Angeles and a B.A. in zoology from Swarthmore College. In addition to the numerous articles in her field of expertise, puberty onset, stress and fertility, Dr. Ramaley has published articles on institutional change and reform in higher education, the "engaged" university, and science education. She has held tenured faculty positions in departments of biology, physiology and anatomy.


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