Meadville Tribune

August 11, 2013

Edinboro adopts Academic Affairs structure


Meadville Tribune

EDINBORO — The looming start of the 2013-14 academic year brings with it big changes at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.

According to a press release issued by the university, it has adopted a new Academic Affairs organizational structure — one that divides the College of Arts & Sciences to create the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and the College of Science and Health Professions — and with this reorganization comes the addition to the Edinboro family of two new campus leaders: Steven Combs, dean of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, and Nathan Ritchey, dean of the College of Science & Health Professions.

“Dr. Combs and Dr. Ritchey both come to Edinboro with strong professional experience that will support positive change, focusing on student success and excellence as key drivers for decision-making,” said Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Michael Hannan. “With the university, and all of higher education, facing financial challenges, both deans will also be expected to work with their faculty and other university leaders to offer quality programs in the most resource-efficient manner possible.”

Hannan said Combs will lead the development within his college of “programs that are relevant and attractive for today’s students and which will lead to growth.” Similarly, Ritchey will be tasked with focusing on growth in his area, focusing “resources, attention and planning on growth in the science, health, and related professions and areas of study,” Hannan said.

Combs is the former dean of Hawaii Pacific University’s College of Humanities & Social Sciences. A graduate of University of Southern California and the University of Kansas, Combs taught communication studies for 12 years at Loyola Marymount University prior to joining Hawaii Pacific University as a professor in 2006.

Ritchey comes to Edinboro from Youngstown State University, where he was the chair of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics for many years and also served as an interim associate provost. Ritchey has published widely in medicine and mathematics, including several textbooks in mathematics. He is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University and Mansfield University of Pennsylvania.