Alvernia appoints first deans to lead new four-college structure

Alvernia University has nominated Dr. Travis Berger (College of Business, Communication and Leadership), Dr. Elizabeth Matteo (College of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences), Dr. Patricia Reger (College of Health Sciences) and Dr. Rodney Ridley (College of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) as the inaugural Deans who will lead the academic affairs of the Institute’s new four-college structure. university.

In November, the university announced the expanded four-college model to improve scholarship and interdepartmental dialogue.

“I am confident that their collective leadership will enable us to successfully implement our new academic structure, strengthen community between academic departments and campuses, and provide clearer pathways to meet the needs of our students” said Alvernia Senior Vice President and Provost Dr. Glynis Fitzgerald. “The entire Alvernia family joins me in sincerely congratulating our long-serving and new colleagues on their new and expanded responsibilities.”

Berger, Matteo and Ridley begin their shifts immediately. In June, Reger will join the university when Dr. Thomas, Alvernia’s emeritus administrator and health care pioneer. E. Beeman steps down as Acting Dean of the College of Health Sciences.

Additionally, the university announced that Dr. Mary Ellen Wells, who has championed faculty and student research through the O’Pake Institute, will expand her role to become the executive director of Academic Services, research and scholarships.

“Dr. Wells’ work in overseeing strategy execution under the academic experience pillar of the university’s strategic plan will integrate and innovate the way research, scholarship, and experiential learning are provided in a university primarily devoted to teaching”, said Fitzgerald.

Dr. Travis Berger: College of Business, Communication and Leadership

Prior to being named Dean of the College of Business, Communications, and Leadership, Berger served as liaison for the college and co-chaired the business department. Dr. Berger’s current research explores the pragmatic intersection of leadership and organizational strategy, leadership and power, servant leadership, strategic talent management, and high performing organizations. His consulting work focuses on organizational strategy and helps organizations and management teams create a common language around leadership. He holds a doctorate. in Administration and Leadership Studies from Indiana University in Pennsylvania, a Masters of Education from Alvernia University and a Bachelors Degree from Penn State University. He received the 23rd Annual IUP Doctoral Fellowship at Indiana University in Pennsylvania, received the Master of Education Excellence Award at Alvernia University, and graduated with honors and Phi Beta Kappa from Penn State University. He is a member of the Academy of Management, the International Leadership Association and the Greater Reading Chamber Alliance.

Dr. Elizabeth Matteo: College of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences

Dr. Elizabeth Matteo will lead the College of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences after spending two years as Acting Dean of the former College of Arts and Sciences and leading the Academic Support area of ​​Alvernia and the Title III grant. Matteo joined the faculty of Alvernia’s psychology department in 2006. His work focuses largely on the transformative power of higher education. Her research has specifically examined how classroom and extracurricular experiences can shape social justice leaders and advocates. Matteo holds a Ph.D. in Psychology from Lehigh University, where she also earned a Masters of Science in Psychology and a Masters in Human Development Education. She holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and fine arts from the University of Oregon and Binghamton University.

Dr. Patricia Reger: College of Health Sciences

Dr. Patricia Reger is currently Dean of the College of Health and Science at Eastern University. Reger obtained the position of dean after many years of academic, clinical and administrative experience. She obtained a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Physiotherapy and a Ph.D. in Kinesiology from Temple University. She has been in higher education for over 18 years and joined Eastern in 2006. Her roles at Eastern University include Professor of Exercise Science, Chair of the Department of Kinesiology, and Director of the Exercise Science Program . Prior to joining Eastern, Dr. Reger was an instructor in the physical therapy program at Temple University. Reger has presented and published research on the cardiovascular benefits of exercise with work including poster and platform presentations, original research in journals such as the Journal of Applied Physiology and the American Journal of Physiology, Heart and Circulatory Physiology, and the International Journal of Exercise Science.

Dr. Rodney Ridley: College of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics

Dr. Rodney Ridley is Vice President of Research, Economic Development and Innovation and Dean of the College of STEAM, and he will continue his outstanding work leading the O’Pake Institute. As appointed head of O’Pake, Ridley has more than 30 years of experience in higher education and has held myriad positions from research assistant and professor of engineering to his current role as executive director. from the Allan P. Kirby Center for Free Enterprise and Entrepreneurship at Wilkes University. He has also held numerous engineering positions in the private sector, won numerous awards including 2017 Pennsylvania Acceleration Educator of the Year, and holds 27 U.S. patents. Ridley received a doctorate in engineering science and mechanics and a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Penn State University and a bachelor’s degree in physics from Lincoln University.

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Ida M. Morgan