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Three named to Olivet College's senior leadership team
Nov 06, 2012

Three Olivet College employees have been appointed to the president’s Cabinet, the college’s senior leadership team, according to an announcement by President Steven M. Corey, Ph.D.

New members of the Cabinet include Suresh Acharya, assistant vice president for technology; Melissa Casarez, assistant vice president for admissions; and Karen Chaney, Ph.D., associate dean for academic affairs and assistant professor of religious studies and ethics.

Acharya, of Battle Creek, previously served as the college’s Information Technology Services director. With his appointment to the Cabinet comes the promotion to assistant vice president for technology, which acknowledges the tremendous importance of his position to the technology effort and the success of the college. A 1999 Olivet College alumnus, Acharya brings a perspective to the Cabinet that will enhance its discussion and decisions as well as improve his effectiveness and ability to lead Olivet’s technology effort.

A resident of Lowell, Casarez previously served as the college’s director of admissions. With her appointment to the Cabinet comes the promotion to assistant vice president for admissions, which acknowledges the tremendous importance of her position and the admissions effort to the success of the academic enterprise and the institution. A 2002 Olivet alumna, Casarez brings a unique perspective to the Cabinet that will both enhance its discussions and decisions as well as improve her effectiveness and ability to lead the college’s admissions effort.

Chaney, of Battle Creek, serves as the college’s associate dean for academic affairs, assistant professor of religious studies and ethics, and chair of the Liberal Arts Core Curriculum. She brings to the Cabinet a depth and breadth of perspective as a faculty member and as associate dean. Her addition also signifies the important role she fills in leadership within academic affairs, as well as the significant role that academic affairs and the faculty must fulfill in the leadership of the college and its future.

The president’s Cabinet is comprised of the senior executive officers of the college and other key senior leaders as designated by the president. As such, the Cabinet represents the collective responsibilities and authority of its members.

For more information, visit http://www.olivetcollege.edu/people/admin_responsibility.php.


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