Trevecca Nazarene University

New academic personnel for the 2008-2009 school year

20A new academic school year at Trevecca will soon begin and there are a number of academic personnel who have recently been employed at Trevecca.

Tom Middendorf, a 1999 graduate of Trevecca who has been serving as the associate dean of student development at Olivet Nazarene University for several years, is the associate director for the Center for Leadership, Calling, and Service (Student Success Center). Tom will also direct the new freshmen studies program.

Robin Jewett
, a graduate of our physician assistant program, has returned as an instructor in the program after practicing as a PA in Middle Tennessee. Robin’s husband Ken was resident director in Benson for several years.

Jonathan Burton, also a Trevecca graduate and recently an assistant baseball coach, has been promoted to head coach and will also serve as an instructor in the Department of Human Performance.

Joe Garman
assumed responsibilities in June as the half-time coordinator at our MHR off-campus site in Crossville. Darla Sampson accepted the same position for the site in Franklin. Darla is an MHR graduate.

Dr. Mike Vail, most recently the senior program manager for the Nazarene International Board of Education and clergy education coordinator for U
SA/Canada Mission/Evangelism, has joined us as the director of the Center for Teaching and Learning. Mike is a former faculty member at Olivet. Mike’s office is located in the Academic Support Services Center (Quick). Tom Middendorf is housed in the Career and Counseling Center building. Both will be relocated to the Bud Robinson building once its renovation is completed. 

Dean Diehl is joining us this fall as an instructor in the music business program (School of Business). Dean is a Trevecca graduate with a degree in music education who has worked as an executive in the music industry for almost 20 years, most recently at Sony/PMG (Provident Music Group). He is currently working on an MBA from Middle Tennessee State University (and yes, he is the older brother of David). Dean will work closely with Mr. Jim Foglesong as the program is transitioned from the Division of Music to the School of Business over the next year. He will eventually assume the directorship of that program.

Dr. Matthew Huddleston, most recently a faculty member at Harpeth Hall School in Nashville, will serve as an associate professor of physics and Dr. Richard Parrott, a former faculty member and graduate program director at Ashland University, will join us as a professor of education. Richard graduated from Eastern Nazarene College and has taught adjunct for Trevecca during the past year.

Dr. Matthew Murdock will direct the instrumental program in the Division of Music as an assistant professor of music. Matt has 20 years of high school teaching experience.

Finally, Jayme Crowley has been appointed as the new head volleyball coach and as an assistant professor in the Department of Human Performance. Jayme recently completed her 14th season of coaching on the high school level with her third 4-A Arizona State championship. She has 22 years of head coaching experience, including five on the college level.

Also, there has been a change in the Academic Affairs area. Over the past year, Dr. Carol Maxson, associate provost and dean of academic affairs, has been transitioning into the role of “chief academic officer.” On July 1, that designation became official for Carol. This means that all academic deans now report directly to Carol. Steve Pusey, as university provost, will continue to have administrative oversight for the academic, enrollment management, and student development areas of the university.