Establishment of merger committees

April 26, 2018

Dear Faculty and Staff:

At the beginning of the 2018 Spring semester, an announcement was made regarding the intent to merge Jefferson College of Health Sciences into the Radford family of colleges and departments, specifically the Waldron College of Health and Human Services. Since that announcement, individuals from Carilion Clinic, Jefferson College of Health Sciences and Radford University have been working diligently to chart a clear path forward with a strong focus on enhancing opportunities for current and future students. At this time, I am pleased to share information regarding the transition structure, specifically the establishment and work of five subcommittees, as we continue the important work of connecting with our Carilion Clinic and Jefferson College of Health Sciences colleagues to move forward in accordance with the previously announced timeline of 18 to 24 months.

Academic Programs and Accreditations Subcommittee

  • Kenna Colley, Ed.D., Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs (University Lead)
  • Sandra Baker, Ph.D., Director of Institutional Effectiveness and Quality Improvement
  • Corey Cassidy, Ph.D., Associate Dean of the Waldron College of Health and Human Services
  • Ken Cox, Au.D., Dean of the Waldron College of Health and Human Services
  • Brent Harper, D.Sc., D.P.T., Chair of the Department of Physical Therapy
  • Tony Ramsey, Ph.D., Director of the School of Nursing (Ad-Hoc Member)
  • Orion Rogers, Ph.D., Dean of the Artis College of Science and Technology
  • Ashley Schumaker, Chief of Staff

Communication Subcommittee

  • Joe Carpenter, Vice President for University Relations and Chief Communications Officer (University Lead)
  • Don Bowman, Public Relations Writer
  • Danylle Kunkel, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Management
  • Wendy Lowery, Vice President for University Advancement (Ad-Hoc Member)
  • Kitty McCarthy, Vice President for Enrollment Management
  • Diane Millar, Ph.D., Chair of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • Susan Trageser, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students
  • Sherry Wallace, Director of Media Services

Human Resources Subcommittee

  • Stephanie Jennelle, Associate Vice President for Finance and University Controller (University Lead)
  • Larry Ashby, Retirement and Benefits Manager
  • Kenna Colley, Ed.D., Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
  • Sharla Cooper, D.N.P., Associate Director of Nursing (Undergraduate)
  • Ken Cox, Au.D., Dean of the Waldron College of Health and Human Services
  • Margaret McManus, University Auditor
  • Chad Reed, Associate Vice President for Budget and Financial Planning
  • Ashley Schumaker, Chief of Staff

Finance and Legal Subcommittee

  • Chad Reed, Associate Vice President for Budget and Financial Planning (University Lead)
  • Sharon Barrett, Associate Athletics Director for Business and Finance
  • Wendy Lowery, Vice President for University Advancement
  • Ed Oakes, Associate Vice President for Information Technology
  • Susan Schoppelrey, Ph.D., Associate Director and Professor of Social Work
  • Michele Thacker, Director of Facilities Budget and Finance
  • Al Wilson, Senior Assistant Attorney General, Office of the Attorney General, Commonwealth of Virginia (Ad-Hoc Member)

Student Services Subcommittee

  • Kitty McCarthy, Vice President for Enrollment Management (University Lead)
  • Phil Hardy, Director of Graduate Recruitment (Ad-Hoc Member)
  • Danny Kemp, Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer
  • Ann Marie Klotz, Ed.D., Vice President for Student Affairs
  • Sheila Krajnik, Ed.D., Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy
  • Jeanne Mekolichick, Ph.D., Assistant Provost for Academic Programs
  • Jamie Penven, Ph.D., Director of Housing and Residential Life
  • James Perkins, Director of University Services
  • David Underwood, Chief of Police (Ad-Hoc Member)
  • Andrea Zuschin, Ph.D., Director of Institutional Equity and Title IX Coordinator (Ad-Hoc Member)

These subcommittees, which include a lead from Carilion Clinic and/or Jefferson College of Health Sciences and representatives from both organizations, will formulate and submit reports and recommendations to a Steering Committee, which is comprised of the following University officials:

  • Ashley Schumaker, Chief of Staff (University Lead)
  • Joe Carpenter, Vice President for University Relations and Chief Communications Officer
  • Kenna Colley, Ed.D., Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
  • Ken Cox, Au.D., Dean of the Waldron College of Health and Human Services
  • Jake Fox, Ph.D., Faculty Senate President and Associate Professor of Anthropology
  • Stephanie Jennelle, Associate Vice President for Finance and University Controller
  • Danny Kemp, Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer
  • Ann Marie Klotz, Ed.D., Vice President for Student Affairs
  • Wendy Lowery, Vice President for University Advancement
  • Stockton Maxwell, Ph.D., Faculty Senate Executive Council Member and Associate Professor of Geospatial Science
  • Kitty McCarthy, Vice President for Enrollment Management
  • Chad Reed, Associate Vice President for Budget and Financial Planning

The Steering Committee will forward its findings to an Executive Committee, which will be comprised of executives from Carilion Clinic, Jefferson College of Health Sciences and Radford University. The Academic Programs and Accreditation Subcommittee and the Communication Subcommittee, as well as the Steering Committee, were formed in late February and held initial meetings in early March. All three groups have met on multiple occasions over the course of the past two months. The Student Services Subcommittee was formed last week and will hold its initial meeting on May 7, 2018. The Human Resources Subcommittee and the Finance and Legal Subcommittee were formed earlier this week and will hold initial meetings in the near future.

Please be advised that a detailed communication, including all transition team members, will be released next week to Jefferson College of Health Sciences faculty and staff. In the spirit of collaboration and transparency, that message will be sent to the Radford family as well. Additionally, on May 7, 2018 during the morning hours, I will participate in a town hall to be held on Jefferson College of Health Sciences’ campus located in Roanoke. That afternoon, I will host a forum on our campus to be held in the Bonnie Combo Room beginning at 1:00 p.m. The purpose of both of these events is to provide an update on the merger and respond to any questions that faculty and staff may have about the transition structure, recent progress and the path forward.

As we prepare to conclude the 2017-2018 academic year, I want to express my continued appreciation for the dedicated and outstanding efforts of faculty and staff. Due to your tireless work, we are embracing the tradition and envisioning the future in our daily work and through strategic opportunities, such as this merger.

With Highlander Pride,

Brian O. Hemphill, Ph.D.
President