Friday, June 14, 2013

Whyte named Interim Vice Provost for Student Affairs and Dean of Students at the U of M

Amelious Whyte.jpgOn May 29, 2013, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Karen Hanson announced that Amelious N. Whyte, Jr. (MA '90) will assume the role of Interim Vice Provost and Dean of Students, beginning June 1, 2013. He will assume this expanded role for the time period between Jerry Rinehart's retirement from the University on May 31, 2013 and until Danita Brown's arrival as Vice Provost for Student Affairs and Dean of Students on July 31, 2013.

Amelious serves as assistant dean of students, a position he has held since 2012, and has served as chief of staff in the Office for Student Affairs since 2005. He has over 20 years of academic administrative experience at the University of Minnesota, including positions in the Office of the Board of Regents and with Boynton Health Service. He has tremendous expertise and a long history of involvement in various issues related to student development and the student experience, including campus climate, alcohol and drug prevention, mental health, fraternity and sorority life, student organizations, diversity, and other mission-led programs and initiatives.

Amelious received a bachelor of science degree in public administration from the University of Southern California and a master's degree in public affairs from the Humphrey School at the University of Minnesota. He will complete his doctorate in higher education from the University of Minnesota in the next academic year.

As interim vice provost and dean of students, Amelious will promote student participation and engagement, collaborate with relevant stakeholders to ensure a holistic approach to student development, provide administrative oversight of the units that comprise the Office for Student Affairs, and serve as liaison to student leaders and student affairs officers across colleges and campuses.

Read the email announcement.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Radtke retires as President of Prairie State College

Dr  Radtke 2 color.jpgDr. Eric Radtke (MA '78) has served as the president of Prairie State College since 2008. His career has focused on community college executive leadership combined with a strong background in college operations. Prior to accepting the presidency of PSC, Dr. Radtke served as the Executive Vice President of Administration at Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, Ohio.

Before joining Cuyahoga Community College, Dr. Radtke spent six years in the United Arab Emirates where he served as the chief planning, budget, and human resources officer (vice chancellor level) for the Higher Colleges of Technology, a system of 12 technical colleges serving 16,000 Emirati students across the UAE. For two of those six years, he also served as the acting chief academic and student services officer for the system.

Prior to his overseas experience, Dr. Radtke served as the Vice President of Finance and Operations for Minneapolis Community and Technical College. From 1985 to 1995, he served in various senior administrative roles for the 21-campus Minnesota Community College System, including chief finance and capital budget officer and director of legislative relations. From 1990 to 1995, his duties also included representing the community colleges in implementing the legislative mandate to merge the technical colleges, state universities and community colleges into a single new "mega-system" which today is known as Minnesota State Colleges and Universities or MnSCU. With the inauguration of the new system, he served as Deputy to the Chancellor for its first year. From 1980 to 1984, Radtke served the Minnesota Legislature as a fiscal and policy analyst for the House Appropriations Committee-Higher Education Division. Dr. Radtke started his career as a teacher in an alternative school for adolescents with special needs in central Wisconsin.

Dr. Radtke is a graduate of the University of Minnesota where he received his Ph.D. in Higher Education Policy and Administration and M.A. in Public Affairs from the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs. He has a bachelor's degree in Community Science (Psychology) from the University of Wisconsin - Green Bay.

Dr. Radtke has been married to Jane Eccles for 38 years and they are the parents of Caitlin Eccles-Radtke, M.D., and Erica Eccles-Radtke, Psy.D.

Congratulations, Eric, on your well deserved retirement!

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Sharrow presents dissertation research

Libby Sharrow.jpgLibby Sharrow (MPP '04), Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political Science, presented her dissertation research as part of The Gender, Sexuality, Power and Politics Colloquium on March 8, 2013.

Libby's abstract:

How does public policy come to affect social and political understandings of sex and gender? Her talk evaluated the case of Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, exploring how political debates over policy implementation and design have constituted sex as a category of policy, and the "female athlete" as a political identity. By analyzing the emergence of the "female athlete" as a political identity over the past forty years, she argued that policy has forged the political category of sex, in the policy domain of athletics, with particularly gendered, racialized, classed, and able-bodied implications.

Originally published in the Humphrey Diversity Blog