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Dec. 14, 2012
CONTACT: K. E. Schwab

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Slippery Rock University names Philip Way provost

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. –Philip Way, who has been associate provost for undergraduate programs at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, today was named provost and vice president for academic affairs at Slippery Rock University.

In making the announcement, SRU President Cheryl Norton said, “We are pleased to welcome Dr. Way to the Slippery Rock University family. He has a distinguished record of teaching, scholarly research and professional accomplishments, and I know he will have a positive impact on the University.”

“Dr. Way was chosen from an exceptional field of six finalists and earned strong recommendations from all of the constituencies he met during the screening process. People were impressed that he not only had extensive experience in academic affairs, but also in a variety of areas critical to SRU, including strategic planning, fundraising, retention initiatives, student success strategies and undergraduate research,” she said.

“The ability of SRU to attract and hire such a quality academician is not only a credit to the University, but reflects positively on our unlimited potential for the future,” Norton said.

The provost and vice president for academic affairs is the University’s chief academic officer and the highest-ranking University official after the president. In his new role, Way will be responsible for creating an academic vision for the University. All academic colleges, departments and programs report to the provost, who is responsible for all academic policies. Way will begin his new duties Feb. 4.

The University’s new academic officer replaces William Williams who has served in the role for the past decade.

Williams, who joined the SRU’s English department in 1981, retires Feb. 8 after 31 years of service. While a member of the faculty, Williams served as president of the SRU chapter of the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties.

“I look forward to working with Dr. Way during my final week at the University. I will assist him in any way I can to give him a head start in leading SRU into the future. I have enjoyed my tenure at Slippery Rock University. I feel certain Dr. Way will be a great addition to the leadership team and will be successful in taking SRU to the next level while meeting new educational challenges,” Williams said.

“This new position represents a big move, not only in relocating, but also in bringing new ideas and new directions to the quality academic program that already exists at Slippery Rock University. I have spent my entire professional career preparing for just such a move. I look forward to meeting the faculty, staff and students and then working together to build on their ideas to further enhance the outstanding programs and academic reputation of the University,” Way said.

In addition to his leadership in the Provost’s Office at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Way also served as senior associate dean of the university’s College of Arts and Sciences and as director of the University of Cincinnati Honors Scholars Program.

Way earned his master’s degree and doctorate from the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Selwyn College, Cambridge University.

He held a research position at Nuffield College, Oxford University. Later, he was a Frank Knox Memorial Fellow and a visiting fellow at Harvard University and has earned lifetime certification as a senior professional in human resources from the Human Resources Certification Institute.

As associate provost at UAB, Way was responsible for the core curriculum and the University’s Quality Enhancement Plan, its academic programs and policy, all aspects of the student academic engagement plan and the strategic enrollment management plan, including retention initiatives and student success strategies.

He oversaw academic advising in pre-nursing, pre-health and exploratory studies and handled UAB’s academic outreach in community college relationships and distance learning as well as national and international scholarship initiatives.

Way participated in the university’s strategic planning, technology and classroom renovation strategies, university accreditation and assessment, branding, fundraising and NCAA accreditation work.

At the University of Cincinnati, Way was responsible for strategic planning and execution, and the evaluation and assessment of the honors program, recruitment, marketing, branding and retention as well as development of the associated curricular and co-curricular activities. Under his leadership, the program grew from 750 students in 1998 to 2,200 in 2005, while simultaneously maintaining quality and increasing diversity. He instituted a first-year experience to increase student retention and success.

At UC, Way was a tenured economics professor in its Center for Organizational Leadership. His areas of concentration were strategic human resources, leadership and the economics of human resources.

Way has also been involved with program accreditation, the development of international partnerships, including programs similar to SRU’s spring semester international study courses and student exchange partnerships, and the integration of technology into the modern day classroom as well as expansion of online courses.

Way has been involved with both traditional-age and non-traditional age students as well as enrollment management involving both the recruitment and access aspects of enrolling in college.

He has overseen the UAB Strategic Enrollment Management Initiative along with such programs as the Summer Bridge program, the freshman peer mentoring program and first-year experience courses, advising and an early-alert system to aid students having difficulties.

Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania’s premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.