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VPSS Interviews Scheduled

April 15, 2011


(APRIL 18) EDITOR'S NOTE - Please note the open meeting times for candidate Gary Biller have been changed below for both WIU-QC and WIU-Macomb.


MACOMB/MOLINE, IL – Four candidates for the Western Illinois University vice president for student services (VPSS) position will be on WIU's campuses for interviews Wednesday-Thursday, April 20-21; Monday-Tuesday, April 25-26; Monday-Tuesday, May 2-3; and Thursday-Friday, May 5-6, according to Jack Thomas, provost and academic vice president and chair of the search committee. Current VPSS Garry Johnson will retire June 29 after 31 years of service.

Marcus Chanay, associate vice president for student life at Jackson (MS) State University, will interview April 20-21. Open sessions will be held from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 20 in Room 102AB at the WIU-Quad Cities 60th Street campus and from 1-1:50 p.m. Thursday, April 21 in the University Union Capitol Room on the WIU-Macomb campus.

Chanay has served as the associate vice president for student life/chief student affairs officer at Jackson State since July 2008. He has also served as the dean of student life (August 2004-June 2008), director of the Personal Development and Self Assessment Center (January 2003-June 2005), director of business and community services (January 2002-January 2003) and specialist for program development (May 2001-January 2002) at Jackson State. Chanay earned his doctorate (2007) and his master's (2002) degrees from Jackson State, and his bachelor's degree (1995) from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.

Gary Juhan, associate professor at The University of Virginia's College at Wise, will interview April 25-26. Open sessions will be held from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Monday, April 25 in Room 102AB at the WIU-Quad Cities 60th Street campus and from 1-1:50 p.m. Tuesday, April 26 in the University Union Lincoln Room on the WIU-Macomb campus.

Juhan has served as an associate professor at The University of Virginia's College at Wise since January 1995. He has also served the university as the vice chancellor for administration (January 2002-June 2010) and as the vice chancellor for student affairs (January 1995-December 2001). Prior to joining Virginia, Juhan was the vice president for student services and campus facilities and an associate professor in social and health sciences (June 1987-December 1994) at Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk, NC; the dean of students (August 1980-June 1984) and acting vice chancellor for student affairs (April 1982-January 1983) at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, NC; the associate dean of students (January 1978-July 1980) at Lees-McRae; and the university apartments manager (June 1975-December 1976) at Appalachian State University, Boone, NC. Juhan received his Ed.D. at East Tennessee State University (Johnson City); and his Ed.S., master's and bachelor's degrees from Appalachian State.

Gary Biller, vice president for student services at Arkansas Tech University (Russellville) will interview May 2-3. Open sessions will be held from 9 -10 a.m. Monday, May 2 in Room 115 at the WIU-Quad Cities 60th Street campus and from 11-11:50 a.m. Tuesday, May 3 in the University Union Capitol Room on the WIU-Macomb campus.

Biller has served as vice president for student services at Arkansas Tech University since July 2000. Prior to that, he was the vice president for student affairs at Dickinson (ND) State University (October 1991-July 2000); the director of student development services at the University of Alabama, Huntsville (March 1987-October 1991); assistant director of the student assistance center (December 1985-August 1986), academic program coordinator (July 1984-December 1985) and assistant resident director and resident director (January 1983-June 1984) at the University of Kansas; and the director of orientation programs (June 1978-August 1982) and instructor and counselor (October 1976-August 1982) at Wichita State University. Biller received his doctorate from the University of Kansas (1986), and his master's (1976) and bachelor's (1975) degrees from Oklahoma State University.

Kimberly Barrett, vice president for student affairs at the University of Montevallo (AL), will interview May 5-6. Open sessions will be held from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 5 in Room 102AB at the WIU-Quad Cities 60th Street campus and from 1-1:50 p.m. Friday, May 6 in the University Union Lincoln Room on the WIU-Macomb campus.

Barrett has served as the vice president for student affairs at the University of Montevallo since 2008. Prior to that, she was the associate vice chancellor of student development and diversity at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (2003-2008); vice provost of student affairs at Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada (2000-2003); associate provost and dean of students (1998-2000) and dean of students (1997-1998) at Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau; dean of students at Southeast Missouri State University; director of multicultural affairs at SUNY Potsdam College, NY (1996-1997); and director of the Women's Center, counselor and lecturer (1992-1996) and counselor and instructor (1989-1992) at Murray State University (KY). She also has been a diversity consultant since 1992. Barrett received her doctorate from Southern Illinois University Carbondale (1995), her master's degree from Murray State (1989) and her bachelor's degree from Pfeiffer College, Misenheimer, NC (1984).

The vice president of student services (VPSS) reports to the president and presents student concerns and issues to the Board of Trustees, the president, and other vice presidents. He/she works closely with the president's staff and is the main resource on matters related to student activity fees. The VPSS provides direction and leadership for the delivery of student services in the areas of admissions, health center, campus recreation, career services, cultural centers, disability resources, electronic student services, financial aid, transit, student activities, student assistance and parent services, student development and orientation, judicial programs, legal services, publications, counseling center, golf course, housing and dining services, university union, childcare and the women's center. The VPSS represents the president on various student service concerns within and outside the University and is expected to demonstrate community involvement and serve as the chief spokesperson on student services to various boards, agencies, organizations, constituencies and publics. In addition, he/she is responsible for representing administrative viewpoints and positions to students in general and specifically to major student organizations. The vice president of student services is responsible for Auxiliary Facilities System budgets and operations as well as budgets, operations, and programs of student services departments funded by student fees and general revenue funds. He/she is responsible for budget planning, preparation, implementation, review and reporting in the area of student services, as well as long-range planning, resource procurement, resource allocation and resource management in student services. The VPSS is responsible for the overall supervision and administration of personnel in student services, student services program development and administration of provisions of the Code of Student Conduct. The VPSS also has the opportunity to teach in the College Student Personnel program and hold adjunct faculty rank, based on qualifications.
Complete candidate interview schedules and vitas will be available at wiu.edu/employment.

Posted By: Darcie Shinberger, University Relations
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