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Marylhurst Creates New College and Schools, Names Three New Deans

For Release: November 22, 2011

Marylhurst University has created one new college and two new schools to house its burgeoning academic programs, the next step in a long-term plan to shepherd institutional growth at this 1,900-student university just south of downtown Lake Oswego.

Marylhurst academic departments are being restructured within the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Graduate Studies and the School of Business. The School of Business will house both undergraduate and graduate business programs. All other graduate programs will be part of the School of Graduate Studies, and all other bachelor's degree programs will operate within the new College of Arts and Sciences.

"This academic reorganization is a key step forward for our university," said Dr. David Plotkin, university provost. "We have grown significantly over the past several years, and we now need the kind of structure that a college and two schools will provide to help us to continue to grow wisely and strategically, and to offer the additional support our faculty and students need as we become a larger institution."

Three long-time faculty members have been named as deans of the three new academic units:

Dr. Jan Dabrowski, dean of faculty and chair of the university's science and math department, has been elevated to dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, a unit that includes 16 bachelor's degree programs. Dabrowski, who began teaching full-time at Marylhurst in 2003, has led a number of faculty-centered initiatives, including enhancing systems for instructional improvement and evaluation, and expanding professional development opportunities. He was honored with the Marylhurst University Excellence in Academic Service and Teaching Award in 2007. Dabrowski previously directed the university's Head Start Summer Science Institute. As a consultant, he helped develop a NASA-funded exhibition, Eyes on Earth, for the Oregon Museum of Science Industry; the exhibit visited science museums around the nation. Prior to coming to Marylhurst, Dabrowski spent nearly 20 years in positions at OMSI as well as at science exhibit design companies. He earned a bachelor's degree in astronomy and physics at the University of Virginia, and a Ph.D. in astronomy at the University of Pittsburgh.

Dr. Debrah Bokowski was named dean of the School of Graduate Studies. Bokowski has served for 12 years as the chair of the Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies program at Marylhurst, and also recently ended a lengthy tenure as chair of the graduate faculty. In her new position, she will oversee graduate programs in art therapy counseling, education, interdisciplinary studies and religious studies. Bokowski has served on the board of the Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs, and recently co-edited the association's new guidebook for program directors. Prior to joining the Marylhurst faculty full-time in 1999, Bokowski held numerous teaching positions, including at Portland State University and The Ohio State University. She earned both a Ph.D. in political science and a master's degree in philosophy from The Ohio State University.

Mary Bradbury Jones has been promoted to dean of the School of Business. Since 2006, Bradbury Jones has directed the university's five accelerated online degree programs, taking them from launch to their current enrollments of nearly 700 students representing every state and many other countries. In her new role, she will oversee on-campus and online MBA programs, as well as undergraduate programs in business and real estate. Before coming to Marylhurst, Bradbury Jones served as a program manager at the University of Phoenix and held several leadership positions in the financial industry, specializing in strategic planning, leadership and team development, and change management. She holds a bachelor's degree in communication studies from the University of Kansas, a master's degree in human resources development from Webster University, and an organizational development certificate from DePaul University.

"All of our new deans bring both strong academic and administrative skills to their new roles, and they are longtime leaders on our campus," Plotkin said. "We have ambitious goals to grow our ability to serve students and our community, and Jan, Debrah and Mary are the perfect additions to our academic leadership team to ensure we continue to provide a stellar, transformational experience for the multigenerational students who entrust us with helping shape their futures."

About Marylhurst University

Marylhurst University, a private liberal arts university 10 miles south of Portland, Ore. on Highway 43, is regionally accredited and nationally recognized for innovation and academic excellence in serving adult learners. More than 1,900 students earn degrees on campus and online. Marylhurst offers 20 undergraduate degrees, 9 graduate degrees and 13 professional certificates, all of which integrate the liberal arts with professional studies to prepare students as interdisciplinary thinkers and ethical leaders.

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