Bloss named new VPAA

Hilary Legge, ‘Doah Managing Editor
April 24, 2013 

'Doah photo courtesy of OMC

‘Doah photo courtesy of OMC

The position of Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA) has been filled after a thorough search. President Tracy Fitzsimmons announced the news to campus on April 17 that  Adrienne G. Bloss, Ph.D., had accepted the role.

Bloss is currently the associate dean for academic affairs and institutional relations at Roanoke College, as well as a professor of computer science and mathematics. She received her bachelor’s degree in systems engineering from the University of Virginia. She studied computer science for both her master’s and Ph.D. at Yale University. In 2006, she completed the Management Development Program at Harvard University and, during the 2010-11 school year, she completed the American Council on Education (ACE) fellowship alongside Fitzsimmons and S.U.

“I am thrilled to welcome Adrienne to the ranks of senior administration at Shenandoah,” said Fitzsimmons. “Her impressive academic credentials and extensive resume made her the clear and unanimous choice for this position. Adrienne understands our institution and will excel in identifying ways to raise our university’s academic profile.”

Bloss’s ACE fellowship with Shenandoah included seminars and visits to college campuses across the country, with a focus on the budget process, institutional advancement and institutional identity.

“My ACE fellowship gave me a broader understanding of the landscape of higher education and of how individuals and institutions can contribute to the educational challenges we face as a nation and a world. It also gave me the opportunity to get to know Shenandoah — its core values, its history, its programs and, most importantly, its people. Tracy was a wonderful mentor, and I am looking forward to working with her and everyone in the community as Shenandoah takes its place as a leader in higher education,” she said.

Bloss will officially take on the role on July 1.

“I couldn’t be more excited about joining Shenandoah’s vibrant community of ideas and possibilities. The university has a deep dedication to quality education and personal development. Many people contribute to making Shenandoah a wonderful place — students, faculty, staff, trustees and alumni, along with a great community in and around Winchester. I’m so pleased and proud to call Shenandoah my home.”

A search committee chaired by Fitzsimmons and Christopher Bean, director of university libraries, was put together earlier in the semester to fill the position of VPAA. After receiving more than 125 applications, the pool was narrowed down to three candidates who then visited the campus. This three included Bloss, who was ultimately offered the job.

“I am so pleased that Dr. Bloss has accepted the offer to join Shenandoah University in July. Dr. Bloss brings outstanding experience of working with faculty and students at Roanoke College, and that, coupled with her ACE fellowship time at Shenandoah, puts her in a unique position to lead the university’s academic programs. I look forward to working with her,” said Bean.

The VPAA position opened up earlier this year after Dr. Bryon Grigsby announced that he would be leaving at the end of this semester. Grigsby has been named the 16th President of Moravian College and Moravian Theological Seminary in Bethlehem, Pa., his alma mater.

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