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McDonald and Calovini tapped for temporary posts in Academic Affairs Office

Dr. Bruce Speck, provost and vice president for academic and student affairs, turned to two proven people to fill the void left by the departure of Dr. Houston Davis, former associate vice president for academic affairs, who was tapped as associate vice chancellor for academic affairs for the Tennessee Board of Regents, effective Sept. 1, 2005.

Diane McDonald, who has been named interim assistant vice president for academic affairs, earned her B.S. in Public Administration and an MBA from the University of Arkansas.
Dr. Bruce Speck, provost and vice president for academic and student affairs, turned to two proven people to fill the void left by the departure of Dr. Houston Davis, former associate vice president for academic affairs, who was tapped as associate vice chancellor for academic affairs for the Tennessee Board of Regents, effective Sept. 1, 2005.

Diane McDonald, who has been named interim assistant vice president for academic affairs, earned her B.S. in Public Administration and an MBA from the University of Arkansas.

“Having worked previously for Austin Peay under Dr. Stan Groppel at the Tennessee Small Business Development Center, Diane is familiar with the University,” said Speck. “And she brings to her new job higher-education experience from her position as marketing specialist in graduate and professional studies at John Brown University in Arkansas.”

Dr. Susan Calovini, chair of the department of languages and literature, was asked to serve as acting associate vice president for academic affairs during this academic year, filling the position Speck created last year, which enables faculty, particularly department chairs, to have an opportunity to work one year with upper administration.

Dr. Mike Gotcher, professor of communication, served as acting associate dean of the College of Arts and Letters during 2004-05 as part of this “revolving position.” As such, he attended Deans Council meetings and worked on such projects as the pilot e-dossier initiative while continuing to fulfill his faculty duties.

“I'm pleased that Susan and Diane have accepted the challenges of working in the Academic Affairs Office this year,” said Speck. “Each brings particular skills that will be enormously important as we continue to monitor and implement policies and procedures for the benefit of the University.”
According to Speck, Davis' previous responsibilities have been narrowed considerably with strategic planning and IETS assigned to Richard Jackson, now vice president for legal affairs and strategic planning.

“Diane has the opportunity to shape a position that is more defined and manageable than it was before, and Susan brings a wealth of academic experience to our office, and she is an excellent mentor for Diane, especially as we work together to review faculty dossiers for retention, tenure and promotion,” Speck said. “I'm grateful that both of these gifted individuals have joined the Academic Affairs team.” —Dennie B. Burke