USF Announces New Deans

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The University of Saint Francis has named two top academic leaders. Robert Lee has been selected dean of the Keith Busse School of Business and Entrepreneurial Leadership and Don Appiarius is the new dean of students. January 22, 2014

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. - Don Appiarius has joined the University of Saint Francis as its Dean of Students. The appointment was announced by Dr. Andrew Prall, Vice President for Academic Affairs. As Dean of Students, Appiarius will oversee all aspects of Student Life, including residence life, commuter services, student activities, and student academic services.

He brings a broad range of experience in student life to his new job, having recently served as Dean of Students and Associate Vice President of Student Affairs at Radford University in Virginia. Other professional experiences include Associate Vice President for Student Development/Director of Residence Life at Shenandoah University in Virginia and working in student life at Salem International University in West Virginia and several other institutions.

He earned bachelor degrees in political science and history at Mary Washington College in Virginia and a master degree in conflict resolution, with emphasis on cross-cultural conflicts, at George Mason University in Virginia. He is completing a doctorate in organizational leadership at Shenandoah University.

The University of Saint Francis, founded in 1890 as a comprehensive university in the Catholic Franciscan tradition, offers more than 80 undergraduate and graduate programs through the School of Health Sciences, School of Arts and Sciences, Keith Busse School of Business and Entrepreneurial Leadership, School of Professional Studies and School of Creative Arts. The university’s College of Adult Learning designs focused curriculum for working adults by offering online and accelerated programs, through its Virtual, Fort Wayne and Crown Point campuses. More than 2,400 students from a broad geographic region attend USF for its academic excellence.

January 22, 2014

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. - University of Saint Francis Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. J. Andrew Prall has announced the appointment of Robert Lee as Dean of the Keith Busse School of Business and Entrepreneurial Leadership.

Lee completed a Master of Business Administration degree and a Bachelor of Science in Finance with a concentration in insurance at Ball State University. He is completing doctoral work in business administration with a specialization in advanced accounting from Northcentral University.

Prior to joining the USF faculty in 2009, he served 10 years in governmental finance as the treasurer of Allen County, Ind., focusing on the continued modernization of the treasurer's office.

Before that, he worked in the property and casualty insurance industry and has administered technology initiatives with the Allen County Auditor’s Office and the Allen County Department of Planning Services.

He is active at Blackhawk Ministries in Fort Wayne and has served on several governmental and community boards, including Community Action of Northeast Indiana, Retired and Senior Volunteer program and Fire Police City-County Federal Credit Union. He is treasurer of the Allen County Republican Party and past president of the Indiana County Treasurers Association.

The University of Saint Francis, founded in 1890 as a comprehensive university in the Catholic Franciscan tradition, offers more than 80 undergraduate and graduate programs through the School of Health Sciences, School of Arts and Sciences, Keith Busse School of Business and Entrepreneurial Leadership and School of Creative Arts. The university's College of Adult Learning designs focused curriculum for working adults by offering online and accelerated programs, through its Virtual, Fort Wayne and Crown Point campuses. Currently 2,400 students from a broad geographic region attend USF for its academic excellence.

Source: University of Saint Francis