Staffing Announcement – Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

I’m writing to let you know that the search for a new associate vice chancellor for academic affairs has resulted in my appointment of Lynda Milne. Lynda has been serving since September 2012 as interim senior system director for extraordinary education and student success. Her current areas of responsibility will continue, and she will also assume oversight of academic programs and planning.milne-20140224b

Lynda brings a career-long background in support of teaching and learning and instructional technology to this position. From 2002-2011, Milne directed the systemwide Center for Teaching and Learning, developing a network of faculty development leaders at all of our colleges and universities. She also managed an extensive online and traveling professional development center, and administered programs granting more than $15 million for learning-centered instructional development. From 2000-2002, she led the system¹s first integration of instructional management systems as system director for instructional technology.

Before coming to Minnesota, Milne founded and directed the teaching, learning, and technology center at Wayne State University in Detroit, serving 2,700 faculty members. She assisted in the development of a new ITV campus, and conducted research on faculty teaching practices and student attitudes towards telepresence courses. Other major projects in her years at WSU included assisting hundreds of faculty to develop teaching portfolios; leading the redesign of the first-year-experience course around an information-literacy framework; and delivering scores of workshops on effective teaching strategies and learning assessment.

At the University of Michigan, she was founding director of the Science Learning Center, and conducted research on the uses of multimedia in foreign-language teaching. She was also a regional director of training services at AT&T Computer Systems (Bell Labs) in the San Francisco Bay Area. Ms. Milne completed her Ph.D. studies in higher education and psychology at the University of Michigan (Ph.D. candidate); her bachelor’s degree in English is from the University of California, Berkeley.

I worked with Lynda when I was first hired in the system office, and I am confident that she will bring considerable experience, knowledge, and creativity to Academic and Student Affairs.  Please join me in welcoming Lynda to this new role.

John O’Brien, Ph.D. | Vice Chancellor, Academic and Student Affairs | Minnesota State Colleges and Universities | 30 7th St. E., Suite 350, St. Paul, MN 55101 – map | john.obrien@so.mnscu.edu | 651-201-1497| Susan Platt, Assistant | susan.platt@so.mnscu.edu | 651-201-1652 |  

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