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Clarke College Announces Presidential Candidates

posted on January 13, 2006

The Clarke College Board of Trustees today announced the four finalists for the Clarke College presidency. Campus visits with the finalists will take place on January 17, 19, 23 and 25. The candidates are:

Shirley J. Williams
Williams currently serves as dean of the Gonzaga College School of Education in Spokane, Wash., a position she has held since 2002. Previously, she served as interim vice president for academic affairs and dean of the College of Education at the College of St. Francis in Joliet, Ill. She has also served as chair of the education department at the College of Hawaii. Williams holds a bachelor of arts degree in elementary education from the College of St. Francis; a master of science degree in education: counseling and pupil personnel services from Illinois State College in Normal, Ill.; and a doctor of education degree in leadership and education policy studies from Northern Illinois College in DeKalb, Ill.

Andrew P. Manion
Manion currently serves as provost at Aurora College in Aurora, Ill., a position he has held since 2001. Previously, he held various positions at Aurora College, including interim dean of the John and Judy Dunham College of Business, interim vice president for student life, and dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. He has also served in various roles at Saint Mary’s College of Minnesota, including associate dean of humanities, director of the institute for interdisciplinary studies and as a psychology faculty member. Manion holds a bachelor of arts degree in psychology from Saint Norbert College in De Pere, Wis.; a master of arts degree in psychology from Adelphi College in Garden City, N.Y.; and a doctor of philosophy degree in experimental psychology from Aldelphi College.

Joanne M. Burrows, S.C.
Burrows, a member of the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati, serves as chief academic officer and academic dean at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College in Saint Mary of the Woods, Ind., a position she has held since 2002. Previously, she served in various roles at Indiana State College including chair of the department of educational leadership, administration and foundations; coordinator of the Leadership in Higher Education Program; and assistant professor of higher education. She has also served as assistant academic dean at Holy Names College in Oakland, Calif. Burrows holds a bachelor of science degree in graphic design from the College of Maryland in College Park, Md.; a master of arts degree in philosophical and systematic theology from the Graduate Theological Union & Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, Calif.; and a doctoral degree in higher education from The Ohio State College.

Henry W. Smorynski
Smorynski currently serves as provost for academic affairs at both the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s College in Saint Joseph, Minn., a position he has held since 2001. Previously, he served as vice president for academic affairs at Lewis College in Romeoville, Ill., and as dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Marywood College (now Marywood College) in Scranton, Penn. He also served in various roles at Sangamon State College (now the College of Illinois-Springfield) as a faculty member, chairperson and director of the school’s health services administration program. Smorynski holds a bachelor of arts degree in political science from St. Procopius College (now Benedictine College) in Lisle, Ill.; and master’s and doctoral degrees from Georgetown College in Washington, DC.

The Board of Trustees hopes to announce the College’s next president in early February. Other pertinent information will be released by the Board of Trustees as it becomes available.

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