Colleen Schneck, the dean of Eastern Kentucky University’s College of Health Sciences, announced her official retirement effective June 30, 2022 on Sept. 13, 2021. Schneck has served the students of EKU for 28 years.
Schneck’s retirement brings EKU’s search for deans to four in total. Currently, the College of Business; the College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences; the College of Justice, Safety, and Military Science; and the College of Health Sciences are looking for permanent deans. Ryan Baggett, John Bowen and Derek Paulsen are currently filling the role of interim dean for each college.
Committees have been established to search for deans, with each committee assisted by AGB Search, an executive search firm contracted by the university.
Foundation professor Shirley O’Brien and Abbey Poffenberger, Chair of Language and Cultural Studies, Anthropology, and Sociology, are serving as co-chairs for the search committee aimed to fill the position Schneck is vacating.
According to Provost Sara Ziegler, the university hopes to have these positions filled by Jan. 2022.