Wanted: New Lindenwood University president

News-DemocratJune 18, 2014 

Lindenwood University President James D. Evans has announced he'll retire at the end of May.

Evans, 67, said the early notice provides the board of directors ample time to conduct a thorough search for the next president. Lindenwood University Board Chair Jim J. Shoemake said he has appointed a search committee.

"Dr. Evans is to be commended and praised for his lifelong dedication to Lindenwood, its students, faculty, and staff," said Shoemake. "He will be forever remembered and revered by the entire Lindenwood community and others."

Evans became president of Lindenwood in 2006. He was hired as an assistant professor of psychology in 1974, and advanced to the rank of professor in 1985. He was named dean of social sciences in 1994, dean of sciences in 1995, and dean of faculty in 1996. He was elevated to the post of provost in 2000.

Lindenwood leaders called Evans the driving force behind opening a full-time day school at the Belleville campus. He has supported the aggressive expansion of the campus which he said may at some point rival the size of the main Lindenwood campus in St. Charles.

A new academic partnership between McKendree University and the Southern Illinois Healthcare system will enable nurses to take RN-to-BSN classes at the SIH Patient Simulation Center at the John A. Logan College campus in Carterville.

The program starts in August.

"We will tailor the course work from the perspective of the SIH system, to meet their needs according to their policies," said Richelle Rennegarbe, chair of the nursing division at McKendree University. "Partnerships such as this can assist organizations, such as SIH, in ensuring their RNs have the opportunity to obtain a BSN degree. We look forward to teaching their nurses in their new state-of-the-art teaching facility."

McKendree Provost Christine Bahr said she's glad SIH chose McKendree to make sure its nurses have the best education possible.

"We are pleased to support SIH in its efforts to ensure a highly educated workforce, and we appreciate the confidence that SIH has in McKendree's nursing programs," Bahr said.

Jennifer Campos, SIH director of nursing education, said the program is a huge benefit for the hospital system's staff.

"SIH is thrilled to have the opportunity to collaborate with McKendree University and offer this advantage to our nurses," , Campos said. "Nurses with BSN degrees are well prepared with the critical thinking and leadership skills to meet the demands placed on today's nurse. Several research studies over the past two decades have shown the association between BSN-prepared nurses and an overall improvement in patient outcomes. This is evidenced by decreased mortality rates, decreased failure to rescue rates, and an overall decrease in complications. Providing an opportunity to increase the number of BSN-prepared nurses at SIH allows us to offer optimal patient care for our community."

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Chancellor Julie Furst-Bowe has appointed Chad Martinez as director of the Office of Equal Opportunity, Access and Title IX Coordination, effective July 1.

Martinez has worked since 2010 as an equity officer in Saint Louis University's Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity. He was the deputy Title IX coordinator and was on the Sexual Assault Working Group that adopted a new policy to address instances of sexual assault involving students.

"Chad Martinez has a wealth of experience in both public and private higher education, as well as in the private business sector," Furst-Bowe said. "He brings a strong background in ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) oversight, Title IX compliance, online program development, complaint resolution and affirmative action leadership to the position. The implementation of training for sexual assault reporting will be a priority in the coming year."

A native of Saginaw, Mich., Martinez has worked for several institutions during the last decade. Along with SLU, he has worked at Purdue University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in expanding roles committed to equal opportunity and access. He has developed and delivered programming, presentations and trainings to faculty, students and staff on the topics of discrimination, harassment, disability accommodation, affirmative action, diversity awareness, cultural competency, and sexual assault prevention and awareness.

While at the University of Illinois from 2006-2010, Martinez was an assistant director within the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access. He was responsible for ADA compliance and was co-chair of the chancellor's Committee on Access and Accommodation.

Martinez began his professional career as a human rights specialist with St. Paul Human Rights in St. Paul, Minn. He managed complaint investigations and assisted contractors with developing affirmative action plans.

Martinez will replace assistant chancellor Paul Pitts, who will retire at the end of June. He in Collinsville and holds a bachelor's degree in general studies from the University of Michigan and a juris doctorate from the University of Illinois College of Law.

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