Earlier this month, members of the Valpo community were informed that Jim Brodzinski, Dean of the College of Business, has decided to leave the University at the end of the 2020 academic year.
According to an email sent by Provost Mark Biermann, Brodzinski has decided to “pursue other interests focused on academic consulting.”
During his time at the University, Brodzinski was able to establish relationships with many universities internationally spanning China, India, Germany and England.
In his first year as Dean of the College of Business, Brodzinski was able to lead the college through its re-accreditation process in 2013.
Throughout his eight year term, he hired 13 new faculty in the department, while also increasing the diversity of the faculty.
Brodzinski also helped oversee curriculum innovations such as the additions of the business analytics, supply chain and logistics management and integrated business and engineering majors.
Under his advision, the College of Business was also able to implement an associate of Science in Aviation degree.
Brodzinski respectfully declined to be interviewed by the Torch.
Similarly, earlier this week, another email was sent out to the Valpo community informing them Christina Hubbert, interim Dean of the Graduate School and Continuing Education, will also be leaving the University at the end of the 2020 academic year.
Hubbert will be assuming a position at the Southern Illinois University (SIU) School of Medicine in Springfield, Ill.
At SIU, Hubbert will be serving in the Department of Child Psychiatry in the Division of Clinical Psychology, where she will provide consultations and psychological assessments. She will also be providing services for psychological children and their families. In addition to this, she will be responsible for teaching medical students, residents and fellows.
Before her time as interim Dean, she served as the Associate Dean of the Graduate School and Continuing Education. In 2018, Hubbert was appointed as the interim Dean.
Hubbert was also able to serve as an associate professor of education, director of disability support services, chair of the Department of Education and the program director for the educational specialist program in the school psychology program during her time at Valpo.
Hubbert also respectfully declined to be interviewed for this article.
According to the emails, the search for a new Dean of the College of Business and the Dean of Graduate School and Continuing Education is set to begin immediately with more information coming in the coming weeks.
Biermann spoke on behalf of the University in these emails, thanking both Dean’s for their service. Both the College of Business and the Graduate School have benefitted from their strong contributions.
Provost Biermann would like to ask the community to join him in thanking Dean Brodzinski and Dean Hubbert for their service and dedication to Valparaiso University in their last semester here.