Manchester University and Indiana University Northwest have named new executives. Daysha Jackson-Sanchez will be Manchester’s dean of student success and Karl Besel has been appointed assistant dean and director of the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at the Gary campus.

Jackson-Sanchez previously served as assistant vice chancellor for student affairs and director of student success and retention at Ivy Tech Community College Northeast. She will head up the Student Success Center and be tasked with developing and implementing strategies for the North Manchester and Fort Wayne campuses.

Jackson-Sanchez says "initially, my primary focus will be on the development of a systematic approach to retention efforts at Manchester University. The goal is to strategically align our retention initiatives with the needs of our students. Doing so will not only enhance the student experience but also increase overall student success – which is the ultimate goal."

She has a master’s and bachelor’s from IPFW is enrolled in a doctoral program in educational administration at Indiana State University.

Besel started at the school in July and previously served as a professor of public administration and health management, as well as the graduate program director at Indiana University Kokomo.

His experience also includes running a health clinic at the University of Louisville’s Kent School of Social Work.

Besel’s new role involves further development of SPEA graduate programs.

The Valparaiso University and University of Louisville graduate says "the jobs of the 21st century are going to be in health care and biotechnology and there is much that can be done on the leadership and policy side in those fields. In fact, there is much unchartered territory in these disciplines, which will open a lot of doors for graduates of our programs."

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