It is my pleasure to introduce two new, talented  members to the Medaille College community, both with extensive higher education experience, Dr. Sonja Brown Givens and Dr. Timothy Hartigan.

Dr. Sonja Brown Givens
As of July 1, Dr. Sonja Brown Givens  joined  Medaille College in her position as the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs.  She has previously served as an associate dean for Empire State College and department chair of the Communication Arts and Foreign Language & Literatures units at the University of Alabama at Huntsville.  At the University of Alabama, Dr. Givens earned tenure as an associate professor of Communication.  She holds a B.A. and an M.A. in speech communication from California State University Fresno and a Ph.D. in Interpersonal Communication & Media Studies  from the University of Georgia.  She brings leadership experience in retention, academic support services, faculty development, community partnership development, and strategic planning.  She also has experience working with adult and online learners as well as the more traditional undergraduate student population.

Dr. Timothy Hartigan
As of June 22,  Dr. Timothy Hartigan officially started in his capacity as the Director of the College’s Washington International Pre-University Academy.  He just returned to Buffalo last week from an Academy marketing and recruitment trip in China.  Most recently he served as the director of the English as a Second Language Program at Gannon University.  His international experience includes teaching ESL to undergraduate and graduate students in the World Maritime University in Sweden, Yanka Kupala State University in Belarus, and Chulalongkorn University in Thailand.  He holds a B.A. in English from Dartmouth College, and an M.Ed. in TESOL and a Ph.D. in Social Foundations—Higher Education Administration from the University at Buffalo.  He brings great experience in teaching English as a foreign language, in cross-cultural training, and administering ESL programs.  He speaks Thai fluently.

Please welcome both to our academic and campus community.

Norm Muir

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