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University hires new provost


Andrew Novobilski, Ph.D. has been named University provost and vice president for academic affairs by President Keith Taylor, Ph.D.

Novobilski currently serves as dean of the College of Sciences and Mathematics and as a professor of computer science at Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, Ark.

His appointment at Gannon University is effective July 1.

Novobilski was one of more than 100 applicants. He was selected from three finalists by the president, a search committee, faculty, staff and students.

“We were fortunate to attract a strong group of highly-qualified candidates to this critically important position,” Taylor said in a Gannon press release. “The search committee did terrific work in their analysis and process of gathering campus-wide input and I am confident that Dr. Novobilski is the right person for the job.

“The exceptional quality of the finalists is a testament to this University’s strengths, the talent of the Gannon team and the fit, qualifications and commitment identified in Dr. Novobilski.”

Novobilski earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Drexel University, Philadelphia; a master’s degree in computer science and engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington; and a doctor of philosophy degree from the University of Texas at Arlington.

“Gannon University represents an outstanding opportunity to serve within a vibrant, student-centered community that very proudly embraces its Catholic Identity,” Novobilski said in the press release. “I am very excited about working with Dr. Taylor and with a dynamic group of faculty, staff and students in building a shared vision for Gannon University as it continues its commitment to excellence locally, nationally and globally.”

Linda Fleming, Ph.D., has been serving as Gannon’s interim vice president and provost for academic affairs. She was recently named dean of Gannon’s College of Humanities, Business and Education, effective July 1.

Novobilski has been a faculty member at Arkansas State Nebraska at Lincoln since 2009.

He was awarded a fellowship by the American Council on Education for the 2007-08 Academic Year.

Before joining Arkansas State, he taught computer science and engineering at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.


Grading Scale Open Forum

Gannon University’s Student Government Association will hold an open forum to discuss the university’s grading scale change 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 26, in Room 104 of the Zurn Science Center.

Interim Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Linda Fleming, Ph.D., and several concurring members of the Faculty Senate will first present their case for the grading scale change and then will open the floor for a question and answer session with any students who would still like closure on the issue.


Travel Overseas in 2013

Associate English Professor Douglas King, Ph.D, will lead two international tours in 2013.

For spring break, you can travel to Paris, Brittany and Normandy. For May, the destination is Japan.

An early enrollment discount is in place for those who sign up by the end of this month. All are welcome on these tours – students, faculty, staff, family and friends.

Course credit will also be available. For information, contact King at [email protected]


Work Study Applications

In order to be eligible for summer work study positions, interested students must fill out the online application, which can be found by visiting under the “Financial Aid.” tab, choosing “Work Study” and clicking on the “Work Study Online Application.” Summer work study positions will be posted Monday, April 30.


Totem looking for new staff


Totem, Gannon’s literary magazine, is looking for students to fill editorial and staff positions for the fall 2012-spring 2013 academic year.

The magazine is looking for an editor, assistant editor, marketing editor, three to five staff members, a proofreader and a submissions judge.

Editorial positions will receive internship credits, the number of which will be determined by the Totem adviser and the English Department chair. Finalists will be interviewed by the adviser before the end of the 2012 spring semester.

Interested students should email [email protected] or email Berwyn Moore, associate professor of English, at @[email protected] to receive an application. Applications should be returned to Moore’s office by 1:30 p.m., Thursday, April 26.


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