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AVPAA selection announced

May 20, 2002

Although a new assistant vice president for academic affairs has been selected, there will be no new faces in Austin Peay State University's Office of Academic Affairs when students return in the fall.

Dr. I. Joe Filippo, who has served as interim AVP for academic affairs since 1994, has been chosen to fill the position permanently, following a national search and interviews of the finalists.

Filippo came to APSU in 1968 as chair of the department of speech and communication. He completed his doctorate four years later.

In 1985, he became the director of the Heritage Program, a cross-disciplinary, team-teaching approach to the core curriculum. He has directed APSU's study-abroad program in England and other English-speaking countries since 1994, generally accompanying students to England during Christmas break to tour historic sites, study British drama and enjoy several theatrical performances.

In recognition of exemplary professionalism and outstanding teaching, he was named recipient of the Distinguished Professor Award in 1991.

The year 2001 was busy and exciting for Filippo who, in addition to his teaching and work as interim assistant vice president, also served as president of the Southeastern Theatre Association, which is composed of 3,500 members from university, community, professional, children's and secondary school theatres in 10 states.

Speaking of Filippo's appointment, Dr. Bruce Speck, vice president for academic affairs, said, “Joe is an invaluable member of the Academic Affairs Office because he has been part of APSU for many years. He has taught and, thus, understands the dynamics of the classroom and has an intimate knowledge of the policies and procedures we consult on a daily basis.

“As a professional, Joe is incomparable. I am pleased—but not surprised—that Joe was highly competitive in a national search, and I look forward to working with him for the good of Austin Peay.”

Filippo, who will continue to teach theatre and communication courses in addition to his duties as AVPAA, said, “I like this team and am pleased to continue to be part of it.”

He and his wife, Inga, an associate professor and head of circulation for Woodward Library, are the parents of daughter, Anna Filippo Woodlee, and son Joseph, and the proud grandparents of “a very special granddaughter, Katheryn,” according to Filippo.