Marian University has merged two of its schools into one. The university’s former School of Liberal Arts and School of Mathematics and Sciences have been combined into the College of Arts and Sciences.
Thomas Enneking, executive vice president and provost at Marian, says the merger will create a stronger environment for academic excellence, improve operational efficiency and create a platform for future growth. He says it will also allow the university to assess the demand for new degree programs.
"The merger creates a structure where courses in the liberal arts and sciences can better form the core for our technical programs in mathematics, technology, and the sciences as well as our professional studies in nursing, business and education," said Enneking. "All students will benefit from high-impact educational experiences that enable them to develop the professional skills prior to graduation that are necessary to compete in the employment market."
Marian has named Bill Mirola dean of the new college. He will also oversee various programs, including the Marian University Theatre, the Global Studies and Peace & Justice Studies programs, and the Center for Organizational Ethics. Mirola previously served as chair of the department of history and social science.
The new College of Arts and Sciences includes the following departments:
- Department of Biology (Kimberly Vogt, chair)
- Department of Chemistry & Physical Sciences (Carl Lecher, chair)
- Department of Communication (George LeMaster, chair)
- Department of English (James Norton, chair)
- Department of History & Social Sciences (Bessie Rigakos, chair)
- Department of Language & Cultures (Wendy Westphal, chair)
- Department of Mathematics (Monica Zore, chair)
- Department of Music (James Larner, chair)
- Department of Psychology (Laurel Camp, chair)
- Department of Theology & Philosophy (Andrew Hohman, chair)
- Department of Visual & Creative Art (Jamie Higgs, chair)
Marian previously restructured its School of Education into the new Educators College. Dean Ken Britt talked about the college on Inside INdiana Business Television last month.