University Senate

Presidential Search 2003-2004

Statements by persons running in the election for the University Advisory Committee (all statements received as specified in the willingness to serve form are posted.  Such statements are not required to run in the election).  January 2004.

Daryle Brown,  Associate Professor, Nursing Department:

Although new to WCSU September 2003, I have taught in Higher Education for more than 23 years in both academic and administrative roles.  In these roles, I have participated actively in search committees.  I have worn "both hats" and feel that I am an objective, dedicated, hard-working individual who has the ability to listen to all points of view before making a decision.  I can bring new ideas to the table, steeped in the rich history of WCSU.  I would be an asset to the WCSU Advisory Committee for the Presidential Search.

Marsha Daria, Associate Professor, Education and Educational Psychology Department

I am willing to serve on the Advisory Committee for the Presidents Search.  As the Coordinator of the Elementary Education program I understand the importance of selecting good people. 

There are many reasons why I want to participate on the Advisory Committee.  First, I want to select a person who will develop a personal relationship with students, but who also works concomitantly with faculty.  Secondly, I will seek an academician who is inclusive of all people and prepared for the changing face of the Danbury community.  Finally, I will pursue someone who can fundraise and draw upon outside resources so that Western continues as a premier institution.      

It would be truly an honor to serve as a member of the Advisory Committee for the Presidents Search.  I am prepared to commit the time necessary to choosing the best person for an even better Western Connecticut State University. 

Dan Goble, Professor, Music Department:

Upon arriving at WCSU in 1993, I have strived to actively improve the Department of Music, School of Professional Studies, and the University through extensive involvement in governance at the Departmental, School, and University levels. In these endeavors, I have strived to take in to account the needs and goals of the constituencies that I represent in order to advance the cause of the University as a whole. I have served the WCSU community in a number of ways, including:

Chair, School of Professional Studies Information Technology Committee, University Planning and Budget Committee, Search Committee: Dean of the School of Professional Studies, Chair, Search Committee: Director of Instrumental Ensembles, Chair, Department of Music Accreditation Committee, Fine Arts Building Committee, Fine Arts Task Force, University Senate, Admissions Committee.

Howard Russock, Professor, Biology Department

I am currently in my 28th year as a professor at Western. I have served twice as President of the University Senate and once as Vice-President. In addition, I was honored to serve as the first University Ombudsman during a very difficult period in the history of the university. Perhaps most importantly, I have served on the last two search committees to select a Dean of Arts and Sciences. Therefore, I believe I have both the experience for the presidential search advisory committee and a pragmatic understanding of the type of influence the committee can have on the search process. I believe that the two highest priorities of the faculty are 1) a President with a strong academic background with a personal understanding of the academic process and 2) an effective fund raiser. I will do my best to help find such an individual.

Steven Ward, Professor, Social Sciences Department

I am currently Professor of Sociology in the Social Sciences Department. I received my PhD. in 1991 from the University of New Hampshire. I have been a member of the Social Sciences Department since arriving at Western in 1995 after teaching at Adrian College in Michigan for four years. I was promoted to full professor in 2003. I have authored two books and numerous articles on the sociology of knowledge and social theory. I have served on various departmental and university committees and have been Director of the University Scholars Program since 2000 and chair of the Honors Council since 1999. I have chaired and been a member of several search committee both here and elsewhere.