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Westminster Appoints Two to New Posts

SALT LAKE CITY, UT (July 15, 2004) --Westminster College has appointed Paul Presson, Ph.D. to the position of Assistant Provost for Assessment and Carolyn Connell, Ph.D. as Associate Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences. Both appointments became effective July 1, 2004.

Dr. Presson Appointed Assistant Provost for Assessment

In his new role, Presson will monitor student success in achieving college-wide learning goals established in the recent 10-year strategic plan. Additionally, he will work with academic programs to measure and assess their specific learning outcomes. Presson, who has been with Westminster College for six years, brings to this position significant experience as a faculty member and chair of the Division of Social Sciences. Interim Provost & Vice President of Academic Affairs, James Seidelman, said, "Paul's research expertise combined with his dedication to student learning make him an ideal choice for this position."

Dr. Connell Named Associate Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences

Connell will be responsible for new program development, program review and assessment, budget management and special projects. She has been a professor of mathematics at Westminster for 21 years, and program chair for 11 years. Connell has been active with the Mathematical Assocation of America (MAA) and is the current chair of the Intermountain Section. She was also a former associate national director of the Women and Mathematics Program.

Founded in 1875, and the only private, non-denominational, comprehensive liberal arts college in Utah, Westminster College is dedicated to preparing students for success in their professional lives and beyond. With a student-to-teacher ratio of 11:1, impassioned teaching and active learning are the hallmarks of the Westminster experience. Students are challenged to experiment with ideas in an environment rich with diverse opinions, cultures and people. U.S. News & World Report has ranked Westminster in the top tier of colleges and universities in the Western U.S. for nine consecutive years, and ranks Westminster as one of the top three educational values in the region. For more information, visit