The university is beginning national searches for three deans to replace one in line to become provost next June, another who will become associate provost and a third entering retirement. Dr. Denise Doyle, the provost at the University of the Incarnate Word, has named chairs for three committees to find replacements for Dr. Kathi Light, dean of the Ila Faye Miller School of Nursing and Health Professions; Dr. Glenn James, dean of the School of Mathematics, Science & Engineering; and Dr. Bob Connelly, dean of the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences. In June, Light will replace Doyle who is leaving May 31 as the provost or chief academic officer. Doyle then will enter what’s called “phased retirement” while taking on the title of chancellor for the next three years. The present chancellor, Sister Helena Monahan, is retiring May 31. As chancellor, Doyle will represent Dr. Lou J. Agnese Jr., the president, when necessary and have special responsibilities to Rosenberg School of Optometry at the Datapoint campus where she’ll have an office. James will become associate provost with his main duties being director of institutional effectiveness. He will be assisted on a part-time basis by Connelly, who like Doyle is entering phased retirement at the end of the academic year. Doyle has asked James to chair the search for the new dean of Nursing and Health Professions; Dr. Shawn Daly, dean of the H-E-B School of Business and Administration, to chair the search for the new dean of Mathematics, Science & Engineering; and Dr. Cheryl Anderson, dean of Library Services, to chair the search for the new dean of the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences. Monahan, formerly legal counsel for the university and congregational coordinator for the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, who founded UIW, said she’s retiring “after 40 years of service in many satisfying and challenging positions at UIW. It is good to make this change now, knowing UIW is in a great place — preparing for leadership succession and strategically planning its future. After leaving the chancellor’s role, I will continue working in education and pursue my interest in writing.” In May, Doyle will be completing 23 “wonderful years at UIW,” the last 13 as vice president of academic affairs and then provost. “It has been a challenging experience for me and I have loved working with students, faculty and deans through a sustained period of academic development and growth,” Doyle said. “I look forward to working with the Rosenberg School of Optometry over the next few years and serving the UIW community in a different capacity.” Light, who entered the old Incarnate Word College as a freshman in 1966, has been dean of the school where she earned her bachelor’s degree from since 1999. She’s been a member of the nursing faculty since 1981. “While I have mixed feelings about leaving the vibrant school that is the (Miller School), I look forward to working with an energetic academic team as we continue building the culture of innovation and excellence that is the hallmark of Incarnate Word.” James, who is starting his seventh year as dean, said he still feels “like a rookie, in a university with 130 years of heritage. I’m honored to have shared so much valuable time with the (Mathematics, Science & Engineering) faculty. They’ve accomplished amazing things in the short time I’ve been here, and there’s no doubt they (will) continue to deliver world-class programs. “For my new role, it’ll be an exciting challenge to be ready to answer ‘How are we doing?’ at an institutional level. Fortunately, a lot of smart people have been working on big segments of that question for a few years, so there’s a lot of great work already in place.” Connelly, who has been at UIW since 1972 and once served three years as dean of Mathematics, Science and Engineering, said he’s seen many changes in academic leadership in all those years. “But all things considered, I believe that Dr. Agnese and Dr. Doyle are to be commended for coming up with a change plan that will serve UIW well for the next five years at least,” Connelly said.
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