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Cazenovia College looks forward to 2013-14 with new leadership in place

— Cazenovia College President Mark Tierno recently announced several leadership and administration changes made at the college this summer aimed at strengthening and preserving Cazenovia College’s place in the highly competitive higher education environment.

Staff changes include:

Michael Brooks has been promoted to director of intercollegiate athletics at the college. A 2001 Cazenovia alumnus, Brooks has served as assistant director and associate director of athletics at the college since January 2011. Brooks previously served as athletics director at St. James School in Maryland. He previously held posts as the assistant dean of students and head coach for the boys’ basketball team at St. James. He is in the final stage of completing his master’s degree in sport management at SUNY Cortland.

Sharon Dettmer has been named the new vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty, and joined the president’s senior staff on July 1. Dettmer has been a member of the Cazenovia College faculty since 1995. She has taught courses focused upon American culture and society and served as chair of the Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences from 2006 to 2012. Dettmer received the Distinguished Faculty Award in 2009, was a member of the college’s Self-Study Steering Committee — the group that guided the college through its recent reaccreditation from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education — and is now serving as co-chair of the college’s 2013-16 Strategic Planning Committee.

Jesse Lott has taken on the role of dean for the first year program. Lott — who will continue to perform as director of the Academic Learning Center and director of Project REACH, CSTEP and HEOP — founded the First Year Summer Program and has served as its director since the mid-1980s; he is a member of Student Observation, Assessment and Retention (SOAR) Committee and a founding member of the First Year Committee; and has taught a number of First Year Seminar courses over the past decade. The recipient of Cazenovia College’s Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award in 2010, Lott has been employed at the college as an administrator and faculty member for more than 30 years.

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