FOND DU LAC, Wis. - Sheryl Ayala will step down as Marian University's Vice President for Academic Affairs on June 30, 2008. Ayala has served in that capacity for the past eight years.
During her time as vice president, Ayala has seen the University through many notable events including six annual Academic Symposiums; numerous institutional and program accreditations; new degree and program approvals including the Master of Science in Nursing and the Ph.D. in Educational Administration and Leadership; advising enhancements; and faculty development innovations.
"This position has provided me the opportunity to work with a superb group of faculty and staff to ensure academic quality and integrity throughout our institution, and to bring us to the point of transition to Marian University," said Ayala. "We are completing the transition of academic divisions to schools and are in the process of appointing new deans and department chairs."
Marian has grown and extended its hand in many ways to the Fond du Lac community. One of Ayala's favorites is the annual Academic Symposium.
"We have brought internationally known speakers to discuss, debate, reflect, learn, and understand complex, controversial societal issues with the Marian and broader communities," she said.
"Marian has been fortunate to have had the benefit of Sheryl Ayala's leadership for these last eight years," said Marian University founding provost Daniel J. Maloney. "I am personally grateful to Sheryl for her dedication in this challenging leadership role, and I am honored to serve as one of her colleague sat Marian as she enters her 30th year of service to this institution."
Ayala will be on leave for a short time to allow her to take advantage of several professional development opportunities in anticipation of her return to teaching. Ayala's future work in the classroom will include teaching genetics, cell biology, anatomy and physiology.
Ayala retains her position as professor of biology at Marian.She will maintain an office throughout her leave and plans to continue to have a presence on the Marian campus. In addition, she will work on a long-awaited revision of her biology textbook.
"Many new program initiatives are in progress and I know I amleaving them in good hands," noted Ayala. "I look forward to my return to teaching at this point, and seeing the light in my students' eyes when they begin to understand the wonderful complexities of our universe."
"On behalf of the faculty, staff and students of Marian University, I extend our thanks to Sheryl for her willingness to serve in this very challenging position for the last eight years and for her many accomplishments," said Marian President Josefina Castillo Baltodano.