Columbia College Chicago appoints new SVP/Provost

Kent State University Dean Stanley T. Wearden, Ph.D., to assume duties on July 1, overseeing college-wide academic affairs, enrollment management and admissions

Stan Wearden

Stan Wearden

CHICAGO (Feb. 26, 2014) – Columbia College Chicago has appointed Stanley T. Wearden, Ph.D., as its next senior vice president and provost, the chief academic officer for the institution. Wearden, currently a dean at Kent State University, will take office on July 1, according to an announcement today from the college’s President and CEO Kwang-Wu Kim, D.M.A.

Now serving as dean of the College of Communication and Information and professor of journalism and mass communication at Kent State, Wearden in his new role will work with Kim to lead Columbia College’s academic affairs enterprise.

“Stan will not only be an outstanding provost, but he will be an exemplary strategic academic partner to me,” said Kim. “In addition to his skills and experience, he brings great personal and professional integrity and deep moral convictions about the responsibilities of an institution of higher education to all members of its community.”

Among Wearden’s accomplishments during his four-year tenure as dean, he increased college graduate enrollment by 27 percent; grew international undergraduate enrollment by 287 percent; and created scholarships and programs to increase education-abroad participation in the college by more than 1,500 percent.

“Columbia College is an amazing institution with a passionate, engaged faculty, staff, administration and student body,” Wearden said. “I believe I have found an extraordinary academic home, and I enthusiastically look forward to working with Dr. Kim and his team to make this very special institution even greater than it is now.”

Wearden served as director of the School of Communications Studies at Kent State from 2005 until he was named dean in 2009. He began his career at Kent State in 1984 and spent 20 years on the faculty of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. During that time, he was coordinator of graduate studies for 11 years and served as chair of the Institutional Review Board.

Wearden holds a B.A. degree in English from Wheeling College (now Wheeling Jesuit University). His graduate work includes a M.S.J. degree in journalism from West Virginia University and a doctorate in mass communication research from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Louise Love, Ph.D., who has been serving as interim provost and vice president for academic affairs, will continue in that role until July.

About Columbia College Chicago
Columbia College Chicago is an urban institution that offers innovative degree programs in the visual, performing, media and communication arts more than 10,000 students in 120 undergraduate and graduate programs. An arts and media college committed to a rigorous liberal arts curriculum, Columbia is dedicated to opportunity and excellence in higher education. For further information, visit www.colum.edu.

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