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KOCZON Appointed MiSU Vice President for Academic Affairs

Posted on 5/9/2011

Lenore Koczon, Ph.D., of Rosemont, Pa., has been named vice president for academic affairs at Minot State University, President David Fuller announced. Currently Koczon is the academic dean, undergraduate college, at Rosemont College. She will begin her new appointment June 1.

"We are very excited that Dr. Koczon will be joining us as our new vice president for academic affairs. Dr. Koczon brings with her solid academic credentials and experiences that give her exceptional abilities as an academic leader, one who is focused on the success of our students and our high quality programs," Fuller said.

"I would like to thank President Fuller and the members of the search committee for their confidence and the opportunity to serve Minot State University," Koczon said. "Minot State's commitment to student success is possible because of the dedicated members of the faculty, staff and administration. I look forward to working with them and the members of the community to advance the educational mission of the university. I am honored to become part of a ‘great university on the Great Plains'."

Koczon joined Rosemont College in 2005 as the academic dean for the undergraduate college. Under her leadership, all academic majors were reviewed and the education major revised to meet the new 2013 requirements for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. She was also instrumental in reviving the Honors Program and establishing a student leadership program that involved both academic and student affairs.

"I like the idea of service learning classes because I believe this is a way to truly connect the campus to the community and to accomplish something that even in a small way does benefit the community," Koczon said. "I also believe that through these efforts academic affairs and student affairs developed a strong working relationship, which is important for student success."

From 1990 to 2005, Koczon was a faculty member at Northern State University in Aberdeen, S.D., where she taught chemistry. In 1996, she was appointed director of University College at NSU and began a project to increase student success and positively impact student retention. During her tenure, Koczon was awarded more than $900,000 in grant money from the U.S. Department of Education for the support and expansion of the university's TRiO programs. The TRiO programs' purpose is to help students overcome class, social and cultural barriers to higher education.

"I don't believe in focusing just on retention rates," Koczon said. "You can't impact retention if you don't positively impact student success and to do that you have to get to know the students and develop an understanding of the challenges they face transitioning from high school to college and as college students. Achieving student success means generating a multi-faceted plan because it is not a one-size-fits-all solution."

Koczon was recognized as an Outstanding Faculty Member at NSU in 1995, and she was awarded the distinction of Who's Who Among America's Teachers in 1998 and 2005.

Koczon has been a member of Rosemont College's senior staff since 2008 and has served on numerous university committees including strategic planning, governance and leadership; academic affairs; curriculum; academic standings; and first year connection seminar.

She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry in 1981 at the University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Ind., and a doctoral degree in chemistry from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

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