Changes in administration effective this semester: Shifts in positions introduce few to different roles

Kelsey Bundra
News Editor

There has been a recent shift in the vice presidents of Millersville. President John Anderson made changes last year with the addition of the first Cabinet Fellow, Dr. Richard Clark. This position is open to any department chair who is pursing professional development. Clark is the chair of the earth sciences department and is now a member of the president’s cabinet.

Along with the creation of this new position, existing positions in the cabinet have been filled. Michelle Pérez is the Interim Vice President of Students Affairs. Pérez was the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs since 2011. This fall begins a nationwide search for Vice President of Student Affairs.

Michelle Perez was named interim vice president of student affairs.
Michelle Perez was named interim vice president of student affairs.

As Vice President of Student Affairs, Pérez works closely with students to ensure involvement. This includes assistance with financial burdens of college and integrating students the university community. Career planning, health and counseling services are also offered by the division. The Vice President of Student Affairs is also responsible for the safety and security of the campus.

Former Vice President for Student Affairs Dr. Aminta Hawkins Breaux is now Vice President of Advancement. She was also Interim Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations since February 1, 2014. Breaux’s responsibilities include maintaining relationships with alumni and donors. The end goal is to make higher education affordable for students.

Vice presidents have divisions which they also manage. “As Vice President for Advancement I have oversight for 4 areas including Alumni Engagement, Special Events, and Advancement Information Services. The Division of Advancement also works closely with the Millersville University Foundation and the MU Alumni Association to garner and manage the resources needed to support our students,” said Breaux.

Dr. Aminta Hawkins Breaux is now Vice President of Advancement.
Dr. Aminta Hawkins Breaux is now Vice President of Advancement.

Breaux’s plan for the future includes reconnecting with alumni and cultivating new relationships with those in the area and beyond. Though her position has changed, her goal has not. “Today I don’t have as many one-to-one meetings with students but the goal is still on student success,” said Breaux.

“Students should know that while I am in a different position I will always keep their development and best interest in mind and strive to always do what I can to support them on their educational journey. Some things will never change,” said Breaux. Breaux will also assist Anderson in launching the new strategic plan this fall.

Other positions remain unchanged since last semester. Dr. Vilas Prabhu is the Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs. Roger V. Bruszewski is the Vice President for Finance and Administration. Dr. James E McCollum is the Executive Deputy, Chief of Staff, and the Title IX Coordinator. Brian Hazlett is Vice President of Enrollment Management.