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Winter 2009-2010
. Michael Westerfeld
joined William Woods as
the new vice president and dean of Graduate &
Adult Studies this summer. He came to WWU from
Rochester College (Mich.), where he was president for
fve years.
“We are pleased to welcome Dr. Westerfeld to William
Woods University,”
Dr. Jahnae H. Barnett
, WWU president,
said. “He brings a vast amount of administrative experience
in higher education to the table, including his years as a
college president. I am sure we will all beneft from his
knowledge and expertise.”
Westerfeld may be new to WWU, but he is wasting no time
getting to work on expanding and enhancing the current
Graduate & Adult Studies program.
He encourages WWU deans, directors, faculty and feld
supervisors to continue to build relationships by being
actively involved in leadership positions in state education
committees, chambers of commerce and service
organizations statewide.
“These types of relationships help move the reputation of
William Woods University forward,” Westerfeld said.
In addition, WWU’s master of business administration (MBA)
program was recently recognized by Kansas City’s
business magazine, Ingram’s, as the ffth top MBA
program in Missouri, making William Woods
recognizable as a leading contributor in
graduate and adult studies.
“William Woods University has increased its reputation
as a provider,” Westerfeld points out, creating an excellent
opportunity for expansion.
According to Westerfeld, WWU has seen a 4 percent
increase this year alone, a number expected to rise as the
university looks into opening additional sites.
William Woods already has sites in Columbia, Jefferson City
and Blue Springs, and is weighing the potential of sites in
Branson, Mo., and Warrenton, Mo. However, Missouri is
defnitely not the limit. WWU, which already offers classes
in Arkansas, is also exploring options in other states,
especially in more populated areas.
Researching new sites takes a lot of time and preparation,
but Westerfeld says the project would allow the program
an excellent opportunity for growth.
Westerfeld also intends to propose new programs, both
on campus and online.
One of the major programs he envisions is an Ed.D.
(educational doctorate degree), which would allow
students to complete a terminal degree through William
Woods. There is also discussion of offering MBA and
athletic administration degrees online.
And while the Graduate & Adult Studies program is
expanding and improving every semester, Westerfeld
recognizes room for improvement. He suggests that he
would like to see organizational changes in the business
area, with the addition of a business dean.
He also favors more coordination and cooperation with
other universities, and he’s looking for opportunities to
connect with more two-year colleges to establish
degree-completion programs.
Westerfeld is personally familiar with community colleges.
He completed his associate of arts degree at York College
(Neb.), and went on to earn three degrees in English—a
B.A. at Harding University (Searcy, Ark.), an M.A. at
Pittsburg State University (Kan.) and a Ph.D. at the
University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Originally an English professor, he began his
administrative career at York College. He became
provost at Rochester College in 1995 and served eight
years before being appointed president.
Westerfeld has frequently served as a consultant for
organizations and schools, including the North Central
Association of Colleges and Schools.
He has also been elected to numerous boards and
committees, including the Accreditation Review
Committee, Higher Learning Commission of the North
Central Association; chair of the National Conference of
Academic Deans; member of the Assessment Committee
for the Higher Learning Commission, and, most recently,
Executive Board of Association of Independent
Colleges and Universities in Michigan (AICUM).