Rick Fehrenbacher has been named the first dean
of SU’s School for New and Continuing Studies, which will welcome its first
students in the 2015-2016 academic year.
Fehrenbacher is currently director of
Continuing, Online and Professional Education. He was profiled in The Commons last November.
Following is the e-mail President Stephen Sundborg, S.J., sent announcing Fehrenbacher's appointment as dean.
Dear Faculty, Staff and Students,
As I shared with you in May, Seattle University is launching the School for New and Continuing Studies (NCS), which will welcome its first students in Academic Year 2015-16. I am now pleased to announce that Rick Fehrenbacher, PhD, will serve as the school's first dean. He will officially move into his new role on Aug. 1.
Since joining the university in 2012 as inaugural director of Continuing, Online and Professional Education (COPE), Rick has overseen the development of new hybrid and online courses at SU. Technologically savvy and visionary in his thinking, Rick, at his core, is a humanist and educator deeply committed to expanding and enriching the educational experience for students. He is a natural fit to lead this new school.
Under his leadership, NCS will educate adults who have some college education but have not yet earned a degree by including part-time study and hybrid courses and combining face-to-face and online instruction. The school will offer baccalaureate degree and certificate programs steeped in SU's liberal arts education and Jesuit pedagogy, with a focus on preparing graduates for employment and career opportunities.
In addition to serving as dean, Rick will continue to have oversight of COPE, specifically in instructional design and distance education training. COPE, for its part, will continue to operate independently and serve faculty in all of our schools and colleges.
I am excited about the launch of NCS, particularly the opportunity to bring our SU education and mission to adult students who have typically been underrepresented in the ranks of the college-educated. I also am grateful to Rick for taking the lead in making this new school a reality. Please join me in congratulating him.
Stephen V. Sundborg, S.J.