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La Roche College is reorganizing its academic structure with the establishment of three distinct schools: the School of Arts and Sciences, the School of the Professions and the School of Graduate Studies. The new schools, which will be in place effective July 1, will replace the current system of seven academic divisions.

“This is a significant restructuring of our academic endeavor that is designed to better serve the needs of our students,” said Monsignor William Kerr, La Roche College president. “This new structure represents the next stage in La Roche College’s growth and development. The schools will permit greater synergy among academic disciplines, foster interdisciplinary initiatives, and enable us to maintain the quality of existing programs while encouraging the pursuit of new academic directions that are consistent with our mission and values.”

Along with the restructuring, Kerr appointed three deans to head the new schools.

· Don Fujito, Ph.D., professor of chemistry, will now serve as dean of the School of Arts and Sciences. Fujito was last year’s recipient of the Brother Gregory Nugent Award for Excellence in Teaching, an award that students gave him. He is a certified clinical chemist with the National Registry of Certified Chemists and has been teaching at La Roche since 1993.

· Lynn Archer, M.S., academic dean, is now the dean of the School of the Professions. A doctoral candidate, Archer has been a member of the faculty since 1988 as a professor of computer information systems. Last year, she received the first-ever La Roche College Faculty Excellence Award.

· Paul Le Blanc, professor of history, is the new dean of the School of Graduate Studies. Le Blanc joined the La Roche staff in 1992 and is an accomplished author whose credits include several books and numerous articles in encyclopedias.

“These three outstanding individuals represent the very best of La Roche’s faculty,” said Howard Ishiyama, Ph.D., vice president of academic affairs. “As deans, they’ll be poised to focus on important curricular development. They will also assist in establishing crucial relationships with external entities to create new opportunities for La Roche College and its students.”

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