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2 deans appointed, 2 schools established as Chatham moves toward coed

Deb Erdley

Chatham University officials appointed two deans on Tuesday and announced two new schools as part of the university’s reorganization to become fully coed in fall 2015.

Pat Downey, a Chatham faculty member since 1994 and director of its physical therapy program since 2005, is becoming dean of its newly organized the School of Health Sciences.

Darlene Motley, who joined Chatham in 2013 as dean of the College for Graduate Studies, will be inaugural dean of the School of Liberal Arts & Business, overseeing most undergraduate programs and several graduate programs.

The Falk School of Sustainability will remain intact.

With the changes, “Chatham sets in motion the transformation that will create a stronger student experience, new faculty opportunities and closer collaboration between Chatham’s graduate and undergraduate programs,” university President Esther Barazzone said. “I look forward to working with these leaders and the entire Chatham community as we chart this exciting path forward.”

Spokesman Bill Campbell said Chatham is nearing the end of a national search to replace David Hassenzahl, dean of the School of Sustainability. Hassenzahl is leaving this summer after four years at Chatham for a position at California State University in Chico.

Jenna Templeton, Chatham’s assistant vice president of academic affairs, will be interim vice president of academic affairs, replacing Wenying Xu, who is leaving in June for a job in Florida. Templeton, who arrived at Chatham in 2011, was assistant dean in the College of Continuing & Professional Studies and College of Graduate Studies.

Debra Erdley is a Trib Total Media staff writer. Reach her at 412-320-7996 or [email protected].


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