Listening, learning top agenda for new vice president for academic affairs

Anthony Vizzini says hiring new college deans also is a priority

Anthony Vizzini WSU vice president for academic affairs

Anthony Vizzini starts his new job as vice president for academic affairs on July 1.

Anthony Vizzini’s first few months on the job as Wichita State’s new vice president for academic affairs will be filled with mostly three activities: listening, learning and hiring.

   Those will be among his top priorities when he arrives on campus July 1, says Vizzini, who was named by WSU President John Bardo in March to oversee and advance Wichita State’s academic programs. Vizzini assumes the position vacated in 2011 by Gary Miller, who left to become chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Keith Pickus has served as interim provost since Miller's departure.

   Vizzini says it’s easy for him to predict how he’ll spend his few first few months on the job.

   “I hope to do a lot of listening and getting around the first few months, learning more about Wichita State University from the students, staff and faculty,” he says. “I am not arriving with a set agenda. Instead, I will be learning a lot in the beginning to discern the true priorities and then working with faculty and staff to take some forward strides.”

   He also knows that hiring will take a good deal of his time. Searches are underway or will be starting soon for deans in five of the university’s six colleges: Health Professions, Education, Engineering, W. Frank Barton School of Business and Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. (Click here to view the status of the dean searches.)

   “All of these hires are critical to advancing Wichita State,” Vizzini says.

   Vizzini said he also will need to analyze the university’s new strategic plan, recently unveiled by a steering committee appointed by Bardo of Wichita community leaders and WSU faculty, staff and students.

“I am not arriving with a set agenda. Instead, I will be learning a lot in the beginning to discern the true priorities.”

- Anthony Vizzini

   “The strategic plan will reveal the priorities for the university,” Vizzini says.

   In naming Vizzini vice president for academic affairs, Bardo said that he was chosen in part for his experience in bringing together private and public partners to develop entrepreneurial initiatives and technology transfer. Vizzini earned his undergraduate, master's and doctoral degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His research involved the manufacture, testing and analysis of composite structures.

   Since 2009, Vizzini has served as dean and professor of the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Western Michigan University. Previously, he was department head, professor and inaugural holder of the Bill and Carolyn Cobb Chair for the aerospace engineering department at Mississippi State University, where he served as a catalyst in the economic development of the aerospace corridor in Mississippi.

   Vizzini started his professional career as assistant professor at the University of Maryland, where he eventually became founding director of the Composites Research Laboratory, graduate director of aerospace engineering and associate professor.

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