Rollins Announces New Senior Leadership Office

June 14, 2011

Laurie JoynerRollins College has established the Office of Vice President for Planning and Dean of the College.

Modeled after similar senior administrative offices at many highly successful institutions that are explicitly student centered, the Dean of the College oversees the inclusive range of student services and programs. The Vice President for Planning component of the position has the responsibility for implementing a collaborative, multi-year, integrated process of strategic planning including resource allocation and assessment across the institution. This ensures that all divisional plans contribute meaningfully to Rollins’ unified institutional vision.

Laurie Joyner served as Interim Vice President and Interim Provost and assumed the new position of Vice President and Dean on July 1. In this role, she continues to co-chair the institutional planning and budget committee with Vice President for Business and Finance Jeffrey Eisenbarth.

“This senior leadership position is dedicated to student engagement and success,” said Rollins President Lewis Duncan. “It will ensure that we remain institutionally focused on providing programs, policies and practices that are student centered and designed to maximize student achievement and continue to improve retention and graduation rates.”

As Dean of the College, Joyner leads the initiative to improve the educational experiences of students in an effort to increase student success and retention. Joyner serves as chief student affairs officer as well as oversees Academic Internships, Advising, Athletics, Community Engagement, Explorations (first-year programs and living learning communities), External and Competitive Scholarships, Grants and Contracts, Institutional Effectiveness, International Programs, International Student and Scholar Services, Peer Tutoring and Writing, the Student Faculty Collaborative Scholarship Program, and Student Success.

“Our primary purpose is to help our students succeed at Rollins and prepare them for meaningful lives,” said Joyner. “I look forward to continuing the great work that we have launched with the goal of moving Rollins forward as a premier student-centered institution.”

Joyner and Rollins’ new Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, Carol Bresnahan, are working collaboratively to ensure the supportive alignment of Rollins’ curricular, co-curricular, and student success initiatives.

Joyner joined Rollins in 2007 as Dean of the Faculty. She has a doctoral degree and a master of arts in sociology, both from Tulane University, as well as a bachelor’s degree from Loyola University New Orleans, also in sociology.

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