Avila University named Theodore Whapham, Ph.D., as vice president for academic affairs this May. In this role, Whapham will support the work of faculty through oversight of curriculum, new curricular activities, academic policies and other areas essential to the University.
“I am so pleased to be welcoming Dr. Ted Whapham as our vice president for academic affairs, a position central to our work at Avila,” said Ronald A. Slepitza, Ph.D., CSJA, Avila President. “Ted has a long history of service in Catholic universities, and he knows and values our particular charism as a Sisters of St. Joseph university. His excellent experience will help Avila continue to provide the top-notch education our students expect.”
Whapham takes charge of a dynamic faculty teaching a rapidly expanding selection of courses in forward-looking programs. He said the prospect of promoting the work of Avila’s founders in and out of the classroom proved compelling, as well.
“I am thrilled to be joining the Avila University community because it provides me the opportunity to join an outstanding faculty and staff and to advance the mission of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet,” Whapham said. “The CSJ have been at the forefront of working to establish a more just and equitable society in the United States and reaching out to the world for over a century. The prospect of playing a role in building upon this important work of social justice in a tightknit educational community is a mission that I am looking forward to help advance.”
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