The university announced Michael Wanous, Ph.D., as vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty April 16.
“[Wanous] is a great compliment to our existing faculty and will provide wonderful leadership in areas of future growth,” President Sherilyn Emberton, Ed.D. said, according to the university press release.
Emberton said there were four main candidates for the job that visited campus for extensive interviews.
“As president, I had the opportunity to have some real one-on-one conversations with the candidates,” she said. “Through that process, it was obvious Dr. Wanous really came and complimented who we are. His background in science complimented what we want to do … in the future. Beyond that, Dr. Wanous wants to be at a Christian institution, and that came through in every way. We felt that connection with him. He and his wife both fell in love with this place.”
Wanous said he applied for the job because he wants to “multiply [his] impact by investing in people.”
“I am excited about investing in the faculty to make them even better and building new and existing programs to strengthen the academic excellence and sustainability of the university,” he said.
Wanous said the vibrancy of the university appealed to him.
“HU is doing some great things, like the concerto and band concerts, Handel’s “Messiah,” the One Act Festival, the Academic Research Forum and the Hoosier Grown project…,” he said. “HU is a vibrant place.”
He said he wants to accomplish two main things in his new role.
“These are the two highest priorities for a dean of the faculty – investing in people and moving the institution forward,” he said.
Wanous is succeeding Del Doughty, Ph.D., who has held the interim vice president for academic affairs position for two years.
“He seems like a nice man – kind, courteous, committed to leading a Christian life,” Doughty said.
Doughty will return to his role as a professor of English at the university and will also serve as the associate dean for academic affairs.
“I am pleased with the way things turned out,” he said. “Had I known [the associate dean for academic affairs position] would have been an option, it’s the one I would have applied wholeheartedly for.”
Emberton said Doughty will “be that person who helps to work in the area of learning outcomes … making sure the learning experiences are very rich for our students and faculty.”
She said Doughty was “definitely” a finalist for the job.
“We always knew Dr. Doughty would remain a very strong part of who we are,” she said.
Wanous comes from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, S.D. where he is currently the associate academic dean.
“I am really looking forward to becoming better acquainted with the faculty and students at Huntington,” he said. “The best part of a job like this is getting to work with such outstanding people.”
Emberton said they will announce the vice president for business and finance in a few weeks. Julie Hendryx, interim VP for business and finance, has held that role since 2012 and is a candidate for the position.
“We have made an offer, and that offer is accepted,” Emberton said. “Due to the fact that this particular candidate has an obligation at their other role, we have to be very careful when that’s announced. It will be just a couple weeks before we can share more information on that.”
Wanous will begin July 7.