Kettering University appoints new associate provost

Kettering University has named Dr. Kathryn Svinarich to the position of Associate Provost for Assessment and Academic Support.

Kettering University has named Dr. Kathryn Svinarich to the position of Associate Provost for Assessment and Academic Support.

In this role, Svinarich will be responsible for overseeing academic support units on campus, including the Academic Success Center, Registrar, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) and the Office of Institutional Effectiveness. Svinarich will also be responsible for all efforts related to accreditation and assessment across the University as well as the delivery of academic support services.

“I am thrilled to appoint Dr. Svinarich to this position,” said Dr. James Zhang, Kettering University Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs. “Throughout her career at Kettering, Dr. Svinarich has demonstrated exemplary leadership on a number of critical initiatives within the University. I look forward to working closely with her to continue to expand this University’s amazing reputation.”

Svinarich has been at Kettering since 1992, serving in many roles, most recently as Department Head in the Department of Physics. She has also been involved with Presidential and Faculty Senate Task Forces, search committees and as the Founding Chair for the University Committee on Assessment and Accreditation (UCAA).

“I’m excited for the opportunity to serve Kettering University in this new role,” Svinarich said. “Kettering faculty are dedicated and innovative teachers, and I look forward to continuing to support and enhance those efforts in this capacity.”

Svinarich received her B.S. in Physics from the University of Michigan and her Ph.D. in Physics from Wayne State University. In addition to serving in faculty and administrative roles during her career at Kettering, Svinarich also chaired the University Curriculum Committee for four years.

She played a major role in leading the physics department to successfully achieve first-time ABET accreditation for both Engineering Physics and Applied Physics in 2012.