As we welcome new students to The Bluff we also welcome an abundance of filled positions. Shifts within administration have promoted current staff while welcoming new hires. The Beacon introduces students and the UP community to new staff and faculty hires.
David Mengel has been appointed by President Robert Kelly as the next Provost of the university as well as professor of history. A new member in administration, Mengels goals include getting to know the UP community and learning how he can best support the needs of students and staff on campus.
“As one of the newer members of our university, I am focused this year on building relationships and listening to students and colleagues across the university, both informally and through the university’s well-established structures for governance and communication” Mengel said in an email to The Beacon.
Moceri has been reappointed by Kelly as the Dean of the School of Nursing & Health Innovations at the University. Moceri served as the Dean of SONHI from 2015-2018. With much experience, her goals include supporting members of the University as well as leading re-accreditation for the BSN and DNP programs.
“Clinical sites are a pressing challenge for the BSN program,” Moceri said in an email to The Beacon, “My goal this year is to strengthen existing clinical partnerships to support innovation to meet the needs of our nursing students for clinical learning.”
Mai Nhia Xiong-Chan
Xiong-Chan joins UP as the Inaugural Vice President for Enrollment Management. As she takes on this new role she wants to engage returning, new and future students and provide leadership to her new colleagues.
“I am excited to learn all I can about UP and meet the wonderful people who make up this community,” Xiong-Chan said in an email to The Beacon.
UP alum and past campus safety employee Michael McNerney is returning to The Bluff after spending several years at PSU. McNerney is the new Director of Campus Safety and Emergency Management. He has spent the last 19 years working in the campus safety department at various universities and is excited to bring his knowledge to UP.
His goals for the year include restarting the Campus Community Emergency Response Team program, expanding emergency preparedness information and exercises, increasing patrol presence and developing strong relationships with campus partners to ensure safety for all members of our community.
Hamlow comes to the University as the new Director of Study Abroad. She previously served as Director of Education Abroad and Off-Campus Programs at Portland State University. For the current school year her goals include celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Salzburg Program and exploring new opportunities for cultural exchange.
Leadem has been newly appointed by Kelly as Associate Vice President and Chief of Staff. His goals for the year include supporting the President as the University begins implementing their Hope, Renewal, Transformation plan.
“I want to facilitate greater engagement between President Kelly and all members of the University of Portland community, with particular emphasis on our wonderful, amazing student body,” Leadem said in an email to The Beacon.
Matthew B. Deschner
Deschner has been appointed by Kelly as Dean of Admissions at the University. He has been a member of the admissions team since 2005, previously working as the interim dean of admissions as well as associate dean of admissions.
Moentmann is returning to the university as the Vice Provost after serving her tenure as interim Provost.
Cecilio, a university alum, is joining the faculty as the new Director of the Moreau Center for Service and Justice. She comes from Georgetown University, where she served as Catholic Champlain for Faith Formation.
Netty Jurriaans is the Community Engagement Editor for The Beacon. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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