Nedwek named VPAA of Forest Institute

Springfield, MO. – Brian Nedwek, currently interim vice president for academic affairs at the School of Professional Psychology at Forest Institute has been appointed as the new vicepresident for academic affairs, effective July 1, 2010.

Nedwek will succeed Gahan Fallone, who returned to a faculty position on January 1, 2010. In addition to serving as the chief academic officer for the state's only professional psychology institution, Nedwek will also serve as the Executive Director of the St. Louis Educational Site of Forest Institute.

"We were fortunate to have three exceptionally skilled and capable finalists for this important position on the institution's leadership team," said President Mark Skrade, who chaired the search committee. "The quality of our finalists demonstrates the scope of this position and the increasingly strong national reputation of Forest.”

"In Dr. Nedwek, we gain one of the top academic administrators in the nation; one with a stellar track record in terms of accreditation, educational policy, and leadership," he added. "He has a clear vision for 21st century teaching and learning that should help guide Forest with expansion and quality. He is committed to the practioner/scholar model and with his experience, I have no doubt that our strategic mission and goals will be met.”

Nedwek has served in the interim role for the last six months. During this time, he has worked closely with the leadership at Forest to sculpt a clear vision for expansion and heightened focus on educational outcomes and measures. The vice president for academic affairs oversees all faculty, curriculum, clinical training, and works closely with the executive leadership of Forest to meet strategic goals.

"I am delighted to be selected as the next vice president for academic affairs at Forest Institute," said Nedwek. "During my interim role, I have been very impressed with the faculty, students, and staff. I look forward to working with all of these groups, as well as President Skrade, the other vice-presidents and the Board.

Nedwek had previously served as President of Ohio Dominican University, Acting President of Maryville University, Vice President of Academic Affairs at Maryville University, Vice Provost at St. John's University, and Dean of the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Detroit Mercy. He has served as an educational consultant both nationally and internationally. He is considered an expert in accreditation and strategic planning.

Nedwek holds a Doctor of Philosophy in political science from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, a Master of Arts in political science from Marquette University, and baccalaureate degree in political science from Marquette University.
Dr. Nedwek's contact information is available here.