The spring 2019 semester saw the arrival of new leaders as well as the retirement of several university and academic administrators at Stevenson.
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Tim Campbell will retire in August after serving Stevenson for the past 21 years. The Philadelphia native—known for his late-90s flip-phone and love of football—joined Villa Julie College in May 1998 after serving as Vice President at UNC Aviation Services in California and Annapolis, Md. He recalls being interviewed by President Carolyn Manuszak, Dean Rose Dawson, and dog Cora. Soon afterward, President Manuszak offered him the job and asked him to show up the next day. “I was afraid not to take the job,” he said.
He recalls reporting for work on May 18, one day before Spring Commencement, with the expectation that he would walk in the procession, something far from his experience at that time. Even then, he notes, Villa Julie was beginning to imagine its future as a larger residential college, and with the arrival of President Kevin Manning, the trajectory of Campbell’s career became clearer—helping to manage the planning and execution of the real estate acquisitions and construction that would create the future Stevenson University.
From building a residential campus and collegiate stadium and athletic complex on what was the former site of the Colts and Ravens NFL training facility to renovating a former pharmaceutical company site for state-of-the-art academic facilities for the sciences, nursing, and design—these are just some of the accomplishments for which Campbell will be known. Not to forget negotiating the acquisition of the Rosewood site for future use by Stevenson.
Campbell’s connections to Stevenson run deep. Two of his children, Erin and Tim, graduated from Stevenson, and in 2012 he was honored with the President’s Medal for his tireless dedication to the university. His work to grow Mustang athletics earned him an induction into the Dick Watts Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2018.
Now, with two campuses, 290 acres, and 1.4 million square feet of buildings under his belt, Campbell is still awed by the progress. “Absolutely, I never thought we would get so far so fast.” Campbell says “just being part of it” has been the highlight of his career. The former college football player in him clearly comes through—it’s not about him, it’s about all the players. “I am proud of being part of a team; everybody has pulled together to create this university.”
Alan Carswell, Ph.D., has been named the Interim Dean of the Brown School of Business and Leadership effective July 1, succeeding Aris Melissaratos, who has lead the Brown School since 2014. Carswell has served as the Geckle Professor and Chair of the Information Systems Department at Stevenson since 2015. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Engineering from Northwestern, an MBA from Harvard, and a Ph.D. in Information Systems from the University of Maryland College Park, and previously served as the Vice Dean of the Cybersecurity and Information Assurance Department in the Graduate School of Management and Technology at the University of Maryland University College.
Melissaratos—who has had a distinguished five-decade-long career in technology, business, and economic development— raised the visibility of the Brown School by networking with his extensive corporate and government contacts in the Baltimore-Washington region. He also brought the region’s thought, economic, and political leaders to Stevenson through two Maryland Rising conferences held on the Owings Mills campus. This visibility has meant more internship and career opportunities for SU students. Under his leadership, the Brown School added a bachelor’s program in Cybersecurity and Digital Forensics and was named an Educational Member of the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE), affirming the School’s commitment to excellence in business education.
This spring and summer, Stevenson welcomed two new vice presidents. In January, David C. Jordan joined the university as the new Vice President of Human Resources and Title IX Coordinator. Jordan had previously served as the Associate Vice President of Human Resources at Howard Community College, and Director of Human Resources at University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He succeeds Pamela L. A. Barkett, former Vice President of Human Resources, who retired in January 2019 after three years of service to the university. Barkett brought 25 years of managerial and supervisory experience to her position, including extensive work in higher education human resources for Johns Hopkins University, University of North Carolina, and Furman University. Barkett’s lengthy career in human resources and extensive experience in Title IX compliance and diversity and inclusion were invaluable to the institution.
Michael Stanton, CPA, has been appointed Vice President of Finance and Administration and Chief Financial Officer, and will be joining Stevenson for the start of the fall 2019 semester. Most recently, he served as Executive Vice President for Administration and CFO for Nichols College in Dudley, Mass. He previously served as the Controller for the University of Massachusetts Medical School and Director of Accounting for the Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority, providing financial operations oversight for this nonprofit college savings and loans operation.