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May 17, 2006
Contact: Lynn Bretz, University Relations, (785) 864-8866.

KU vice provost to develop comprehensive plan for summer, intersession courses

JoAnn Smith

JoAnn Smith

LAWRENCE — University of Kansas Vice Provost and Dean of Continuing Education JoAnn Smith will lead the development of a comprehensive plan for summer session and intersession courses for the university, Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor David Shulenburger announced today.

Fred Pawlicki, associate director of the Lied Center, will assume the leadership role in Continuing Education as interim executive director effective immediately so Smith can focus her full-time efforts on improving summer session, which begins June 6.

“Developing summer and intersession coursework not only will allow us to better serve the citizens of the state but also will provide a wider array of course options to help students graduate in four years,” said Shulenburger. “JoAnn has the ideal background for helping us move forward with this initiative.

“Incoming Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Richard Lariviere has placed a high priority on creating additional rich opportunities for KU students to complete curricular work. Enhancing summer session and intersession opportunities fits directly into this goal.”

Smith, whose title will remain vice provost, will draw on her experience at the University of Kentucky, where she had responsibility for the evening-weekend college and summer school, among other programs. She will work closely with all academic units to strengthen and expand similar offerings at KU.

Smith was appointed dean of Continuing Education in 2001 and received the title of vice provost in 2002. Under her leadership, KU Continuing Education now serves more than 78,000 students from all 50 states and 49 countries.

In conjunction with the Higuchi Biosciences Center, Continuing Education holds a grant from the National Science Foundation to train bioscientists. Smith is the only continuing education dean in the country to be a co-principal investigator on a National Science Foundation grant.

This effort, a major part of the KU biosciences initiative, is done in partnership with major biosciences companies and institutes in the Kansas City metropolitan area. In addition, Continuing Education has helped the KU Medical Center develop an effective statewide program of continuing medical education.

In her current position, Smith has worked successfully with Ed Pavey, director of the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center, and Glenn Pribbenow, director of the Kansas Fire and Rescue Training Institute, to increase the level of state support for those units. She also played a leading role in establishing KU’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. KU is one of 61 sites nationwide selected by the Bernard Osher Foundation of San Francisco to provide intellectually engaging and enriching classes to diverse communities of lifelong learners, with a focus on those age 50 and older.

Shulenburger said, “I am grateful to JoAnn Smith for her tireless efforts to further strengthen KU Continuing Education and know that Provost Lariviere will benefit from her attention to summer session and intersession.”

Pawlicki became director of operations for the Lied Center in 1992. He was interim executive director in 2000-01 and was named associate director in 2001. In 2004-05, he was interim director of the Spencer Museum of Art.

“Fred Pawlicki is well-known for his organizational acumen and fiscal experience,” Shulenburger said. “He knows the state well and will provide a steady hand during a time of transition.”

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