For immediate release: June 13, 2012
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Dr. Bob Seelinger, Professor of Classics, has been named the Campus Dean of the new Westminster College second campus scheduled to open in Mesa, AZ, in the fall of 2013.
“It is a tremendous honor to have the opportunity to serve as Dean and to work closely with members of the Mesa community to establish a Westminster College campus in the heart of Mesa,” says Seelinger. “I have had the good fortune to serve Westminster in a number of capacities and look forward to applying my experience to this unique and exciting partnership.”
Seelinger has been involved in extensive planning and discussions of the project for over a year. He believes the educational traditions of Westminster are an ideal match for the goals and interests of Mesa.
“Our institutional strengths and emphasis on engaged-learning will be particularly attractive to students in the Mesa area,” says Dr. Seelinger. “In turn, we strongly believe that Westminster’s academic programs and emphasis on personal development will enable students to acquire and refine the skill sets necessary for personal success and for making significant contributions to the world around them.”
As well as teaching the classics, Dr. Seelinger has served as Dean of Faculty and Vice President of the College; Director of Assessment; Coordinator of the Fine Arts Department; Chair of the Humanities Division; Chair of the Department of Classics, Philosophy, and Religion; Chair of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature; and Marshall of the College.
In addition to his Westminster classroom duties, he has co-taught two experiential educational experiences, Biology in Belize and A Greek Odyssey.
He has received the Missouri Governor’s Teaching Award, the Patricia Kleine Liebling Parents Association Faculty Award and the Excellence in Teaching Award of the American Philological Association.
“Bob has the administrative and instructional depth of experience to build the framework for our new Mesa campus programs,” says Westminster President Dr. George B. Forsythe. “For over 30 years, he has been inspiring Westminster students to lead in the world and be successful. I am pleased he has accepted this new challenge and look forward to seeing the results.”
Seelinger will begin dividing his time between the Fulton and Mesa campuses in June.
Westminster College has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the City of Mesa to open a second campus.
The Westminster new campus is proposed at 245 W. 2nd Street in the Mesa Center for Higher Education, a 53,000 square feet facility that was formerly the Mesa City Court building.
Westminster plans to offer major programs in three areas at its Mesa campus—International Business, Environmental Studies and Transnational Studies. Additional programs in pre-med and pre-law will be offered as well.
Mesa is the third largest city in Arizona and the 39th largest city in the United States. Major industries include Boeing and Empire Southwest/Caterpillar. The Mesa Arts Center across the street from the new Westminster branch campus is the largest arts center in Arizona and Mesa is the spring training location for the Chicago Cubs.
Founded in 1851, Westminster College is one of the top liberal arts colleges in the nation, according to the rankings of U.S.News & World Report. Forbes magazine selected Westminster as one of America’s Top Colleges and Universities, one of the Best Liberal Arts College in Missouri, and one of the Best Liberal Arts Colleges in America. The Princeton Review recently named the College as one of the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the tenth straight year. Newsweek-Kaplan named it “One of the 372 Most Interesting Schools in America” and Westminster has also been recognized as one of 240 Colleges of Distinction. This selective college for men and women is situated on an 86-acre residential campus with small class sizes taught by an excellent faculty. Westminster is a challenging academic environment where students are educated to lead and inspired to succeed.
More information is available about Westminster College at www.westminster-mo.edu.
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