Faculty and staff departures, hires for fall semester

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Faculty and staff departures, hires for fall semester

Longtime staff and faculty resign from positions; new hires bring diverse experience.

Numerous changes in faculty and staff have occurred since the close of the 2016 spring semester.

Paul Freitag resigned as executive director of advancement effective August 5, 2016 as announced in a Skyline report. Freitag has worked at North Central for 31 years.

Todd Wold, former director of the school of English and communication arts, announced in a Facebook note his acceptance of a faculty position at Asbury University in Kentucky. “My new position is an opportunity for me to grow in my teaching career, pursue graduate study and gain a fresh start for my family in a slower-paced environment,” Wold wrote. He has been on faculty at North Central since 2009.

Michael Cappelli, executive director of information technology, security, and copying and mailing services, also announced his departure from the school. “After twenty years of great friendships and fun at North Central University, my time has come to a close,” he wrote in a Facebook post. Cappelli has not disclosed further employment plans at this time.

Other staff members who have resigned from their positions at North Central include:

  • Chelcy Walker, assistant dean for new student programs and college activities
  • Se Kipp, assistant dean for multicultural and commuter programs
  • Kevin Jacobs, director of the bookstore and student technical services

Judy Pruitt has been hired as the new director of library services. Her previous experience includes serving as an information specialist at University of Missouri school of law library and a reference assistant at University of Missouri Ellis Library, according to a Skyline report. Pruitt began this position June 1.

Chaka Ward-Hatcher will be joining the school of social and behavioral sciences as an assistant professor, according to a Skyline report published June 3. Ward-Hatcher has a deep academic background with a Bachelor of Science in psychology, Master of Science in counseling, and a Doctor of Health Sciences. She has also fulfilled training in clinical pastoral education and doctoral courses in counselor education. Ward-Hatcher will begin teaching at North Central in August.

At this time, the following job openings are listed on the university website:

  • Professor of social and behavioral sciences (Full-time)
  • Social work program director (Full-time)
  • Head tennis coach (Part-time)
  • Manager of athletics visual media and assistant coach of female sport (Full-time)
  • Executive assistant to vice president of academic affairs (Full-time)
  • Mental health counselor (Part-time)
  • Director of information technology (Full-time)
  • Technical support manager (Full-time)
  • Admissions counselor (Full-time)