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Organizational and Personnel Changes in Academics

April 24, 2013

Writer: Hayden Coombs

A number of organizational and personnel changes have been announced for the Academics area at BYU-Idaho. 

Sid Palmer, who currently serves as an instructor in the Department of Biology, will assume the role of Academic Coordinator. Palmer replaces Larry Thurgood, who is departing to serve as a mission president. In his new role as Academic Coordinator, Palmer will work directly with Kelly Burgener and coordinate with others in the Academic Office.

Ed Sexton, who currently serves as the Associate Academic Vice President of Curriculum, will assume the duties previously performed by Rob Eaton, who is departing to serve as a mission president. Sexton's new position will be Associate Academic Vice President of Curriculum and Online. Some of Sexton's previous responsibilities, such as graduation and the academic calendar, will be transferred to Ric Page. Responsibility for the catalog has been transferred to Student Records and Registration.

Ralph Kern, who currently serves as director of Library Services, will assume the role of Associate Academic Vice President of Student Connections. Kern replaces Guy Hollingsworth, who is departing for Afghanistan on a one-year deployment.

Lynne Anderson, who has been serving as director of the Testing Center, has been appointed director of Campus Curriculum Development. She will direct a team of curriculum designers and developers in assisting colleges, departments, and faculty with the creation of face-to-face, hybrid, and competency-based courses. The search for her replacement as Testing Center Director has begun.