Mar 28, 2013
Mar. 28, 2013
Westminster's Dean of Students Takes on Expanded Role
Mark Ferne named Associate Provost for Student Development as the college dedicates resources to student engagement.
SALT LAKE CITY
- Westminster College announces Mark Ferne, Dean of Students, has been named Associate Provost for Student Development. Ferne will continue his role as Dean of Students while taking on the additional responsibilities of Associate Provost. Ferne takes over the role from Susan Heath, who is now Assistant Provost for Student Retention and Engagement.
In her newly created position, Heath is responsible for coordinating campus efforts to increase student persistence and graduation rates. She recently chaired a four-year student-engagement task force that reviewed current efforts to support student success, identified best practices and made recommendations to increase student success and completion. Heath oversees the START Center and Career Resource Center. She also serves as the college ADA/504 coordinator and as a deputy Title IX coordinator.
Mark Ferne supervises Residence Life, Student Involvement and Leadership, the Counseling Center, Spiritual Life, Student Health Services, Commencement/Convocation, Conduct, Veterans Resources, Center for Civic Engagement, the Environmental Center and the Fitness, Wellness and Recreation Department.
Living in a college-owned home on the edge of campus allows Ferne to be at nearly every college event and provide students with support. Through intentional programming like "Dessert with the Dean," "The Dean Delivers" (providing food to students during finals), and "Defeat the Dean" (a weekly table tennis match with students), Ferne interacts with countless students in non-traditional ways not often seen by senior administrators. He even spent several years on the practice squad of the women's basketball team!
Ferne earned a B.A. in psychology from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio. While serving in student government, he realized student affairs was his chosen field and completed an internship at The Ohio State University's student activities office. Mark went on to complete his graduate degree at the University of Maryland in higher education administration. He has worked in the residence life departments at the University of Maryland and the University of Florida and, as a staff member, sailed on Semester at Sea twice, during which he visited 15 countries with more than 700 students. Ferne moved to Salt Lake City to work as the Director of Student Life at Westminster College in January 2002. In June 2004 he became the Dean of Students and added the Associate Provost responsibilities in February 2013.
Susan Heath received a bachelor's degree from Pomona College and her M.A. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. She came to Westminster in 1985 as the director of Counseling and Career Services after completing an internship at the University of Utah Counseling Center. In the last 28 years at Westminster, Susan Heath has served in a number of administrative roles in the student services/student development area, including most recently as Associate Provost for Student Development from 2003 until this February.