Two faculty are leaving at semester

By Courtney Klaus, Editor-In-Chief

Newman University will be losing two faculty members in charge of two different programs at semester.

Sharon Niemann, Director of the Nurse Anesthesia Program, will be leaving at semester as her program transitions from a Masters program to a Doctoral program.  

Niemann, who has taught at Newman for more than 19 years, said her reason for leaving was that she grew tired of the bureaucracy of running a program, but that she will miss the students and faculty she worked with.

“I still enjoy the interactions with the students and the classroom teaching, but not so much the administrative side of being the director of a program,” she said.

Niemann said she plans on returning to working full-time in the anesthesia practice at a small outpatient surgery center.

Provost Kim Long said she was made aware of Niemann’s departure some time ago, and the program has already internally hired the program’s assistant director, Megan Cook, to be the new director of the nurse anesthesia program.

“We are currently conducting interviews for someone to fill the assistant director position,” Long said.  

Also leaving at semester is the dean of the school of business, Brett Andrews. Long said Andrews accepted an executive vice president’s position at another private university in Oklahoma.

Andrews’ wife, assistant professor of psychology Tammy Andrews, will still be teaching a full course load in the spring, Long said. All of Tammy Andrews psychology classes are listed to be online next semester.

Long said the university is anticipating hiring a new dean of the school of business by Jan. 1.

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