Trio of SAU leaders appointed to key academic positions

St. Ambrose University has announced significant leadership changes within the university, the Davenport based higher-education institution said in a news release.

The trio of appointments announced on Wednesday, Nov. 8 are part of the higher education leader’s ongoing commitment to academic excellence and innovation, SAU said. The moves also signal the university’s “dedication to advancing its mission and enhancing the educational experience for its students – both in and outside the classroom,” the release said.

The reorganization is focused on leaders the university said will bring a wealth of experience and expertise to their roles and are poised to lead the university and the next generation of learners, SAU said.

Those leaders and their new roles are:

Patrick Archer

Patrick Archer who was appointed to the newly created role of SAU associate provost where he will spearhead leadership efforts within the College of Business during the next academic year, ensuring its continued growth and success. Mr. Archer came to SAU in 2009 as assistant professor of sociology. He progressed through leadership roles including being named dean of the university’s College of Arts and Sciences in 2022. As associate provost he will be charged with “creating a compelling and shared core curriculum for undergraduate business majors, reimagining the college’s MBA and MOL programs, strengthening the quality and consistency of the online program, and working to evaluate the vitality of selected programs.”

Lynn Kilburg

Lynn Kilburg has been appointed as the dean of the College of Health and Human Services. She served as the interim dean of the college, where she exhibited critical leadership qualities during the 2022-23 academic year and played a crucial role in integrating the new Nano Nagle Online School of Nursing at St. Ambrose University. That led to significant increases in enrollment and philanthropic support. She also focused on expanding articulation agreements with regional colleges and universities, broadening the recruitment pipeline for programs in the College of Health and Human Services. Her Ambrose roots run deep. She earned multiple degrees at SAU before joining the adjunct faculty in 1997.. She has also served in various roles, including assistant director and director of the Occupational Therapy Department and associate dean of the College of Health and Human Services.

Brittany Tullis

Brittany Tullis is the interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Ms. Tullis has consistently demonstrated her creative approach to academic programs, with a keen focus on students’ needs, the university said. She began her journey as an assistant professor of Spanish and Women and Gender Studies in 2013. She later served as chair of the Department of Modern Languages and Latinx Studies, director of Women and Gender Studies, and associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

These academic leaders also reflect St. Ambrose University’s dedication to advancing its academic offerings, fostering innovation, and ensuring the highest standards of education said and SAU “is confident that these appointees will drive the institution towards continued success and excellence in the ever-changing landscape of higher learning.”

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