Niagara University has announced that four professors were named associate deans, new positions created to allow faculty members to continue their exceptional work in the classroom, while at the same time provide expertise in the day-to-day operations of each of Niagara's academic colleges.
The new associate deans are:
Dr. Tim Ireland - College of Arts and Sciences
A professor in NU's department of criminology and criminal justice since 1996, Ireland earned an M.S. (criminal justice) from Northeastern University and a Ph.D. (criminal justice) from SUNY Albany.
Dr. Peggy Choong - College of Business Administration
Choong, an NU marketing professor since 1998, owns a master's degree in urban planning and a doctorate in marketing, both from the University at Buffalo.
Dr. Chandra Foote - College of Education
Upon earning an M.A. and Ph.D. in psychology from Syracuse University, Foote began working in NU's College of Education in 1996. She formerly served as chair of the department of early childhood and childhood education.
Professor Mike Gentile - College of Hospitality and Tourism Management
Gentile began working at Niagara in 2001 and is currently an associate professor in sports management. He possesses a B.A. (history) from John Carroll University and a J.D. from the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and has extensive work experience in the area of sports management from his time as associate director of athletics at the University of Texas-El Paso, in addition to being practicing attorney for 10 years.
"I very much look forward to working with Tim, Peggy, Chandra and Mike as we make this strategic move to bolster the leadership in each of our exceptional colleges at Niagara University," said Dr. Timothy Downs, vice president for academic affairs. "Each of these individuals will receive training and mentoring from their college deans and the administrative team at NU that will allow them to effectively represent their respective college in the dean's absence; also contribute to the succession planning efforts being undertaken at Niagara."
For additional information on Niagara University's specialized colleges, visit http://www.niagara.edu/colleges.