Andrews named assistant vice president
January 20, 2010

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Dr. Robert Andrews has been named assistant vice president for academic affairs at Bryan College, effective March 1, according to Academic Vice President Dr. Bradford Sample.

Dr. Robert Andrews

Dr. Andrews has served as dean of graduate and professional studies for the past seven years, where he had responsibilities for developing Bryan’s degree completion program and implementing the MBA at Bryan and the new Master of Arts in Christian Studies programs.

He is a 1967 graduate of Bryan and earned his doctorate in education at the University of Tennessee. Before coming to Bryan, he served as provost and dean of the faculty at Oxford Graduate School in Dayton and has extensive experience in higher education and business.

Dr. Sample said, “Bob is a self-starter who likes creating things and managing programs. I have been impressed by what he has been able to do with the Aspire (degree completion) program. To me, he is a natural choice to lead this effort.”

Dr. Andrews will be charged with developing a summer school program for Bryan and assisting the academic vice president with special projects.

Bryan has offered a three-week “minimester” in May as its only summer session; but Dr. Sample said the goal is to expand that to two eight-week sessions, primarily with an online delivery. “This summer, we want to offer one eight-week session then expand that to two in 2011,” he said. “We have asked the academic departments to determine what they want to offer this summer, and I expect that decision to be made soon.”

While most course offerings would be online, special courses, such as science and music, could be offered on campus if necessary.

“This offers great flexibility for students,” Dr. Sample said. “They can take the classes wherever they are without interfering with their summer jobs or other plans. Our goal is to help our students graduate in a timely manner, which saves them and their parents money.” He said classes would require five students, and would be capped at 20 per section.

Dr. Andrews said, “I am excited about the potential for a full summer program for Bryan College; I love the challenge presented by developing new programs and opportunities for students.”

Dr. Sample said the college expects to fill Dr. Andrews’ former position with an individual “with significant experience in adult higher education” in the next several months.