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April 4, 2006
Contact: Mike Krings, University Relations, (785) 864-8860.

Student Success names two associate vice provosts


Lori Reesor

LAWRENCE — Two associate vice provosts for student success have been appointed at the University of Kansas, Vice Provost for Student Success Marlesa Roney announced today. Lori Reesor and Frank DeSalvo will begin their new responsibilities this summer.

Reesor was hired after a recent national search. DeSalvo succeeds Rich Morrell, who 10 days ago was named vice president for student affairs at Central Missouri State University. Reesor and DeSalvo will join Associate Vice Provost Kathryn Nemeth Tuttle and Roney in heading the organization.

“I am very excited about these two appointments and the talent and skills both individuals bring to our leadership team,” said Roney. “At KU, we are committed to making student services and advocacy as high-profile as possible, as well as giving students a clear path to service, support and success. These colleagues will enable us to do an even better job.”

Reesor comes to KU from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where she is associate dean of education and an assistant professor. She previously was dean of students at Wichita State University from 1997-2001 and an associate director of admissions at KU from 1995-97. She earned her doctoral degree in educational policy and leadership from KU in 1995, her master’s degree in higher education from Iowa State University in 1987 and her bachelor’s degree in business management from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in 1984.

“Lori Reesor is a very talented individual. The breadth of experience she gained through her work at other universities, combined with her knowledge of KU and her passion for serving students make her an ideal fit for this position,” Roney said.


Frank DeSalvo

DeSalvo becomes an associate vice provost for student success after serving as special assistant to the vice provost during the past year on an interim basis. DeSalvo has been director of Counseling and Psychological Services at KU since 1991. Roney has named Pam Botts, clinical director of CAPS, to serve as its interim director. A national search will be launched in the near future.

“Frank DeSalvo is a longstanding professional with great knowledge of the university and expertise in counseling and psychological services. He has done an outstanding job the past year in his interim role and is greatly respected by KU students, faculty and staff alike,” Roney said.

DeSalvo holds a doctorate in social work from the University of Texas-Austin, a master’s of social work from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and a bachelor’s degree from St. Francis College in Loretto, Pa.

Roney said that while she will be sad to see Morrell leave, she is delighted for him.

“Rich has given this university and its students great years of service, and I know he will be an excellent asset for Central Missouri State,” she said.

Morrell has served as associate vice provost since 2003, registrar from 1990 to 2003 and assistant director of admissions from 1989-90. He earned his doctorate in college student personnel at the University of Northern Colorado and his master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Emporia State University.

Nineteen departments, more than 750 staff members and 1,300 student employees report to the Office of the Vice Provost for Student Success. They are Academic Achievement and Access Center, Academic Technology Services, Counseling and Psychological Services, Department of Student Housing, Freshman-Sophomore Advising Center, Hilltop Child Development Center, KU Memorial Unions, KU Recreation Services, KU Writing Center, Legal Services for Students, New Student Orientation, Office of Admissions and Scholarships, Office of Multicultural Affairs, Office of Student Financial Aid, Office of the University Registrar, Student Health Services, Student Information Services, Student Involvement and Leadership Center and the University Career Center.


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