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Olivet College names associate deans
Feb 14, 2011

Karen Chaney, Ph.D., and Ronda Miller have been named associate deans for academic affairs at Olivet College, according to an announcement by Maria Davis, Ph.D., provost and dean of the college.

In addition to her new role, Chaney serves as assistant professor of religious studies and ethics and director of the Liberal Arts Core (LAC) program. She will continue to teach and direct the LAC while providing leadership in curriculum and faculty development to the college.

Chaney has years of experience in higher education, including serving as a fellow at the Center for Ethics and Social Policy at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, and faculty coordinator at the University of San Francisco School of Law.

A resident of Battle Creek, she earned a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University, a Master of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School and a doctorate from the Graduate Theological Union.

In addition to her new responsibilities, Miller currently serves as director of the Gruen and Speare Student Resource Center. She will continue to provide leadership in this area while acting on student retention and academic performance issues.

Miller’s background includes working with the Lansing School District for 12 years, where she was involved with at-risk students and their families. She has also worked with the Ingham County Health Department as a maternal/child outreach advocate.

A resident of Lansing, she earned a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and a master’s degree from Western Michigan University.


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