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Han Reichgelt will lead USFSP’s academic affairs.

Han Reichgelt will lead USFSP’s academic affairs.

USFSP fills vice chancellor post

University of South Florida St. Petersburg regional chancellor Sophia Wisniewska has appointed Han Reichgelt as the school's new regional vice chancellor of academic affairs. Reichgelt will lead the division of academic affairs, overseeing the colleges of arts and sciences, business and education, as well as several other departments, including the Nelson Poynter Library, registration and records, and student affairs.

"We conducted a thorough review of high-quality candidates from across the country in this monthslong search process," said Gary Patterson, a finance professor and chairmain of the search committee for the position. "We were particularly impressed with the entrepreneurial spirit that Han brings to this position, and we welcome him and his family to the USF St. Petersburg community."

Most recently, Reichgelt was with Southern Polytechnic State University in Marietta, Ga., where he served as dean of the school of computing and software engineering since 2007. He earned his doctorate in cognitive science from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, and a master's in philosophy and a bachelor's in psychology from the University of Nijmegen in the Netherlands. He will join the USFSP staff in late July.

Eckerd program's new director

Eckerd College's Program for Experienced Learners has appointed Olivier Debure as its new administrative director.

He will oversee staff development, student recruitment and retention, marketing initiatives, strategic direction and coordination with other Eckerd departments. The program gives busy adults the opportunity to complete a bachelor's degree in a classroom-learning environment. A native of Nice, France, Debure joined the Eckerd staff in 1997 teaching French, marketing and general education courses for the residential undergraduate program. He has held leadership positions as well, including director of the quality enhancement plan on reflective service-learning, a five-year project aimed at improving the student learning experience.

Debure completed his undergraduate studies in international cultures and commerce at Christopher Newport University in Virginia. He received an MBA from Old Dominion University and a master's in French from the University of South Carolina.

SPC holds the line on tuition

St. Petersburg College will freeze tuition in 2014-15 but continue to invest in its Student Success Initiative, the school announced recently. The school's Board of Trustees in May approved an operating budget that funds the initiative within the existing budget. The initiative is five-year program to promote activities throughout the school that increase critical thinking.

"It's our commitment to ensure that all students have the resources they need to be successful and to finish what they start," SPC president Bill Law said. "We uphold that commitment again this year by holding the line on our tuition."

In 2013-14, according to the school, St. Petersburg College's tuition was 53 percent less than state universities.

College news notebook 06/10/14 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 11, 2014 3:54pm]
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