By Adam Baker/Editor

Resignations, retirements and hires make up several recent administrative changes at Eastern altering the face of the university’s leadership. The changes mean all four vice presidents are fairly new to campus, each hired in the last 16 months. Vice President of Student Affairs James Conneely, hired in February of last year, is now the senior most vice president.

James Chapman, provost at the University of Alaska Anchorage, will replace former Eastern Provost and Vice President of Academics Affairs Lyle Cook.

Chapman also held several leadership positions while at the University of Kentucky for 26 years.

Cook was named to the position in July of last year after a national search. University President Joanne Glasser announced last month, via e-mail, Cook stepped down from his administrative position and will teach in the math department.

Cook could not be immediately reached for comment.

According to information obtained by The Progress from the University Councel’s office, Cook made $140,000 as provost and will earn $114,800 as a math professor.

Chapman, the fourth provost under Glasser, will serve Eastern on an interim basis for three years.

Glasser also announced, via e-mail, Ken Johnston, vice president of financial affairs has left to pursue other opportunities. Johnston was appointed by former University President Bob Kustra nearly three years ago.

Johnson also could not be reached for comment.

Eastern’s budget director Debbie Newsom will serve as interim vice president beginning July 1. Newsom has held the title of budget director since November.

Other new hires include Mark Welker as police chief. Welker was hired to replace Director of Public Saftey Tom Lindquist who retired at the end of the spring semester after 27 years at Eastern.

Most recently, an e-mail from Glasser’s office announced Wednesday Skip Daugherty will retire as director of alumni relations. Daugherty has been a part of Eastern for 34 years.

In the e-mail Glasser said Daugherty will start his retirement transition July 1 and “continue to serve the university by coordinating … a number of university special events and teaching part-time.”

Jackie Ballinger, director of regional advancement since July 2003 will take the title of interim director of alumni relations in July.

Glasser explained, in the campus wide e-mail, she determined it will be more efficient to restructure Eastern’s existing Office of University Advancement by shifting Ballinger to the positison instead of brigning in a new staff member.

*Check out The Progress’ Aug. 26 edition for an in-depth look at all the administrative changes.