April 4, 2014

Please join me in extending warm wishes to Dr. Emily Richardson, Associate Vice President for Boundless Learning, who will be leaving Stetson University in late April to become the Founding Dean for Hayworth School of Graduate and Continuing Studies at Queens University of Charlotte. Emily joined Stetson in March, 2012, bringing a broad array of talents and experience to our community. Highlights of her accomplishments include advancements in learning technologies, lifelong learning, continuing education, summer programming, support of special student populations, and our Celebration campus.

Emily has led a significant reorganization of our Celebration campus, including the development of a Lifelong Learning program that has created new community-university partnerships. Stetson’s Lifelong Learning program now has more than 400 adult members enjoying learning opportunities in Celebration, DeLand, and Solavita, Fla.

Emily led the development a new Learning Technologies area, complete with expert instructional designers who have been working with faculty University-wide to integrate technology that can innovate pedagogy and enhance student learning. We have enjoyed increased professional development opportunities in the use of learning technologies, with many examples of exciting new pedagogical approaches being used by many faculty. Online summer undergraduate courses have also strengthened with Emily’s leadership, keeping more and more students engaged with Stetson over the summer months.

Emily’s professional expertise has been a resource as a wide array of University stakeholders. Her expertise with adult students and veterans has been informative in our development of a University Strategic Enrollment Management framework and approach. She has worked with various academic leaders on strengthening existing programs and exploring new program possibilities. Accomplishments Emily has achieved in Boundless Learning have also included important administrative advancements in budgeting, contracting, and operations.

An important legacy of Emily’s leadership is the recent revision of summer programming at Stetson. Visit the new summer programs website (http://www.stetson.edu/other/summer/) to delight in the University-wide array of programs we are offering in DeLand and Celebration for youths of all ages. Emily has also led a dedicated group of faculty and staff in re-envisioning Stetson summer school offerings, resulting in a new framework, offerings, and cost structure.

I will miss Emily’s generosity in sharing her expertise, her organizational wizardry with the latest apps, and her professionalism in all that she does. Again, please join me in wishing Emily well, as she moves on to share her skill and expertise to advance other important higher education initiatives.

A national search for leadership of Boundless Learning will be initiated.

Beth Paul

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs