EMBERTON TO JOIN LMU AS NEW VICE PRESIDENT FOR ACADEMIC AFFAIRS
July 3, 2007 - Harrogate, Tennessee — Lincoln Memorial University President Dr. Nancy B. Moody has announced that Dr. Sherilyn Emberton has been appointed vice president for academic affairs and will begin work at the University on August 1. Dr. Emberton will fill the position vacated when Dr. J. Michael Clyburn accepted the presidency at Louisburg College.
“The vice president for academic affairs is an integral role at any University, and finding the right person to lead our academic efforts is vital. I believe we have found the right leader to take on that role for us. Dr. Emberton brings a wealth of diverse experiences to campus and I look forward to working closely with her as the University continues to grow new opportunities for our students and the people of Appalachia,” Dr. Moody said.
Prior to her appointment at LMU, Dr. Emberton served as associate vice president for academic affairs and dean of the School of Education at LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas. LeTourneau University is a private university with an enrollment of approximately 4,000 students and educational sites in six locations across Texas. As the associate vice president for academic affairs, Dr. Emberton was responsible for all institutional academic initiatives. She was also responsible for the planning and implementation of new academic programs and faculty development, summer school and all distance learning programs.
"In my journey as an educator, I have had the privilege to support academics at all levels of the P-16 experience, both in private and public university and school settings,” Dr. Emberton said. “I hope to bring those diverse experiences to play in working with new program development and instructional leadership at LMU. I have a real heart for faculty and students and a desire to create learning environments that support the needs of all learners."
Dr. Emberton holds a Doctor of Education degree from Texas A&M University-Commerce. She earned both a Master of Education degree and a Bachelor of Science in Education degree from Stephen F. Austin State University.
As the vice president for academic affairs at LMU, Dr. Emberton will be the institutions’ chief academic officer. She will be responsible for planning, budgeting, coordinating, supervising, and evaluating programs within the Division of Academic Affairs. Additionally, she will be a part of the President’s Cabinet and supervise curriculum and program development.
Dr. Emberton will also be responsible for institutional compliance with criteria for accreditation and lead faculty evaluation and development. Lincoln Memorial University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) to award associate, baccalaureate, master, educational specialist and doctoral degrees. LMU will undergo SACS reaffirmation and must develop a Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) in the coming months. Dr. Emberton will be a key leader in that process. She brings a wealth of experience in that regard, having just served as a part of the leadership team at LeTourneau which successfully completed the same process this year.
"I am honored to be asked to join Dr. Moody and the senior leadership team at Lincoln Memorial University. It is an exciting time for the university, with new program initiatives and state-of-the-art facilities being celebrated,” Dr. Emberton said. “The faculty and staff are very committed to that growth, and that sense of community is what attracted me to the University. I am looking forward to the opportunity to contribute to such a dynamic and creative organization."
Lincoln Memorial University is a values-based learning community dedicated to providing educational experiences in the liberal arts and professional studies. The main campus is located in Harrogate, Tennessee. For more information about the undergraduate and graduate programs available at LMU, contact the Office of Admissions at 423-869-6280 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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