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Neumann Named Interim CBT Dean

September 18, 2014

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MACOMB, IL -- Kathleen Neumann, associate provost for budget, planning, personnel and technology at Western Illinois University, has been named interim dean of the WIU College of Business and Technology (CBT), effective immediately, according to Provost and Academic Affairs Vice President Ken Hawkinson. A national search for a permanent dean will begin this fall.

Neumann replaces Jack Elfrink who is stepping down from the post due to personal reasons. Neumann will continue her duties as associate provost.

Neumann has served as associate provost since July 2012. Previously, she was the interim associate provost for budget, planning, and personnel. Neumann joined the WIU faculty in 1995 as an assistant professor in computer science and was named a full professor in August 2004. She was named chair of the computer science department in December 2000 (the department became the School of Computer Sciences in Fall 2010).

"Dr. Neumann's many years of experience and leadership as a department chair, and as the associate provost, have prepared her to assume the dean's position in the College of Business and Technology," Hawkinson noted. "I would like to express our appreciation to Dr. Elfrink for his tenure as CBT dean. He has done an excellent job leading the college following Dr. Erekson's retirement."

Neumann received her bachelor's and master's degrees from WIU, and her Ph.D. from Northwestern University.

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