Dr. Elizabeth Kennedy was named vice provost last fall. She had been the dean of the College of Applied Science and Technology and interim dean of the College of Health Professions at the University of Akron.

In her role at Missouri Western, Dr. Kennedy will focus on a number of elements of Missouri Western’s strategic plan, Pathways to Excellence, including strengthening student success, creating new partnerships and expanding applied learning.

Dr. Kennedy earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Master of Arts in Psychology, Graduate Certificate in Gerontology and Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology, Applied Cognitive Aging, all from the University of Akron. She replaced Dr. Doug Davenport, who became the provost and vice president for Academic Affairs.

Dr. Hannah Piechowski was named associate vice president for Student Affairs and dean of students in the fall of 2019. She had been director of Student Transitions and Parent and Family Programs at Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky.

Dr. Piechowski earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Piano Performance, and Music Technology at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky; a Master of Education and College Student Personnel from the University of Louisville in Kentucky; and a PhD in Education and Social Change: Higher Education from Ballarmine. She replaced Dr. Judy Grimes, who retired.