Archive for Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Marlesa Roney, KU’s vice provost of student success, leaving post to become education professor

June 7, 2011, 11:00 a.m. Updated June 7, 2011, 5:14 p.m.


Marlesa Roney, Kansas University’s vice provost of student success, will resign her position to take a new job as a professor of higher education in KU’s School of Education.

She will stay on as vice provost until a search for her replacement is complete.

In an email to faculty and staff, KU Provost Jeff Vitter praised Roney’s accomplishments as vice provost.

“While we’re thrilled for Marlesa to pursue this new opportunity, we’ll certainly miss her leadership within Student Success,” Vitter wrote.

Roney became the university’s first vice provost for student success in 2003, and helped bring together new services under the office’s umbrella, Vitter wrote.

“From new student orientation to registering for classes, academic advising and the writing center, there’s no question that the university — and especially our students — have benefited immeasurably from Marlesa’s expertise and enthusiasm,” he wrote.

Further details on the process of a search for a new vice provost for student success will be announced as they become available.

Roney, who teaches one education course a year in her current job, said she had always envisioned her ending her career as a teacher.

After spotting an opening in the department of educational leadership and policy studies, Roney said she began discussing the opportunity with the school.

She will work as a professor of the practice, which is a full academic year, non-tenure track position that is research-supported, but doesn’t require research.

“It’s a really exciting opportunity to continue to work at a university I love,” she said.

Roney became vice provost for student success in 2003 following a three-year tenure as vice president for student affairs at the University of Akron and a 19-year career at Purdue University, where she received her doctorate in student personnel administration.


David Holroyd 6 years, 9 months ago

A provost for Student Success. Chancellor Gray needs to eliminate this position. If students cannot garner success with the professors they have, the University certainly does not need a Provost. What a waste of money.

Chancellor Gray , please review this position. Mr. Dolph Simons, would you take this matter up in a Saturday column.. You know as well as I , that Franklin Murphy and Clarke Wescoe did NOT have a Provost for Student Success and KU did quite well churing out successful students.

jayhawk513 6 years, 9 months ago

The ignorance here is embarrassing. This is one of the most vital positions at the University. Services overseen by Dr. Roney: Advising Center, Career Center, Unions, Rec Center, Admissions, Watkins Health Center, Student Housing, Dining, and many others. Dr. Roney is an amazing woman and it sounds like she just enjoys teaching more than the administrative aspect. It will be a tough position to fill after high standards set by Dr. Roney.

yeahyeahyeah 6 years, 9 months ago

Get a clue, oneeye. They used to have Dean of Students and other Student Services administrators. KU just changed the name from Student Services to Student Success, being more proactive and positive. Also, Murphy and Wescoe had much smaller enterprises, both in terms of research expectations and student numbers. With 30K students, many of whom are living in residence, there needs to be supports for students. Also, the university is being judged against our peers on our retention and completion rates; how to improve them without having student services staff and someone to lead them?

freddieandthefishsticks 6 years, 9 months ago

David Ambler led KU student services (aka: student affairs) quite successfully for three different chancellors in four different decades. He also mentored many in that profession as it is vitally important to the quality of student life and contributes greatly to high student satisfaaction and positive retention & graduation rates.

Perhaps, Vitter/ KU will seek out one of his many, active, successful proteges who he helped place coast-to-coast.

PugnaciousJayhawk 6 years, 9 months ago

And another vice provost bites the dust. How many is that now?

overthemoon 6 years, 9 months ago

Ms/Prof Roney was at or spoke at a number of special awards ceremonies we attended when our new grad went through commencement last month. She is extremely active and I think effective in helping students of all callibers to get the most out of their education as possible.

And those who remember the Dean of Students...and the Dean of Women...are correct. These positions have been around for a long time. They help students connect with scholarship opportunities, find help with courses, fulfill various volunteer and service requirements, etc. KU is a big place that can intimidate a student that doesn't understand how the whole organization works...that's what this office helps with.

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