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Provost-elect announced

by Kristina Livingston
Tue, Feb 27th 2018 09:00 pm
Brockport may now show off even stronger female leadership. Heyning, who will replace current provost James Haynes, has not begun her career at the college, but is already using social media and other resources in order to connect and learn about the environment of Brockport.
Brockport may now show off even stronger female leadership. Heyning, who will replace current provost James Haynes, has not begun her career at the college, but is already using social media and other resources in order to connect and learn about the environment of Brockport.

As of February 15, Katy Heyning has officially been announced as the successor to James Haynes as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. Although Heyning will not enter the new position until June 18, she has begun rigorous training for the role that Haynes filled since July 2016. According to Heyning, her career-long involvement in education initially attracted her to the possibility of filling the role.

“I have a deep commitment to enhancing the quality of public education that supports the liberal arts and professions,” Heyning wrote in an email. “I know that The College at Brockport values innovation, collaboration and community building with a strategic vision for the future that match my own values.”

Heyning will be transferring from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, where she currently serves as Dean of the College of Education and Professional Studies, according to a February 15 press release by college Assistant Director of Communications John Follaco. 

Per the press release, Henying has served as the chair of multiple committees at UW-Whitewater, including the Curriculum and Instruction Department, and has experience in forming international partnerships as well as teaching at the University of Arizona. Heyning also has experience in teaching elementary school curriculum, having taught in Highland Park, Illinois, and she has served as the President of the Wisconsin Teachers Association of Colleges of Teacher Education [2010-2012], while also conducting research on reform within higher education, as well as policy and postmodern theory in relation to changes within teacher education.

“[Heyning’s] focus on community engagement matches Brockport’s vision of building meaningful lives and vibrant communities, and I’m looking forward to seeing how she will continue to enhance our rich academic programs and work in partnership across divisions and schools,” President Heidi Macpherson said.

Heyning described the candidacy process as lengthy and one of the hardest interviews she has engaged in throughout her career, but ultimately, she believes it has been helpful in getting her initial introduction to the campus community. She regrets not having time to meet more students during her sole visit to Brockport, and notes this as being a priority for her next arrival in April.

As Heyning is not familiar with the Brockport community or the college faculty, she is working to familiarize herself by following various campus Twitter feeds, as well as taking an hour or two each day to learn more about both factions of the Brockport community. Heyning is working with Haynes and Macpherson in order to get caught up on campus issues.

According to the press release, “Heyning received her BS in Elementary Education from Central Michigan University, her MEd in Educational Leadership from National Louis University, and her PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Curriculum and Instruction. She is married to Judi Trampf and enjoys riding her BMW motorcycle, sea kayaking and reading historical fiction.”

 

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