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Point Park University Announces New Academic and Administrative Appointments

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Point Park University has announced the following academic and administrative appointments and election of a candidate for membership on the Board of Trustees.

Charles R. Fox, O.D., Ph.D., has been appointed the new dean of the School of Arts and Sciences. Fox’s higher education career spans over 30 years as faculty, staff, clinical and administrative appointments to institutions including Columbia University, State University of New York, Washington University, University of Maryland, and Franklin & Marshall College. He has been a NASA, a Fight-For-Sight, and an NIH fellow and received a 1993 Outstanding Merit Citation from the Veterans Administration Medical Center for his work in rehabilitation of blinded veterans. Fox has a doctorate in perceptual psychology and sensory processes from Brandeis University and a doctorate in optometry from New England College of Optometry. He earned his master’s in perceptual and learning psychology and a bachelor’s in psychology from St. John's University.

Rick Haskins joins Point Park as the vice president for development and alumni affairs. He has more than 30 years experience in senior nonprofit management positions. Most recently, Haskins served as senior partner for Jerold Panas, Linzy & Partners in Chicago where he provided strategic planning, fundraising, marketing and public relations consulting services to non-profit organizations. Previously, Haskins serve as vice president for advancement at Hanover College where he raised $33.8 million in annual, restricted and endowed gifts.  Haskins holds a master’s in political science from George Washington University and a bachelor’s in journalism and communications from Point Park University.

Karen McIntyre, Ph.D., has been appointed to acting vice president for academic and student affairs. Previously, McIntyre served as the dean of the School of Arts and Sciences beginning in January 2007 and chairperson of the Education Department from 2005-2007.  She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh and a Master of Education and Ph. D. in curriculum and supervision from the University of Pittsburgh.  McIntyre is certified by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as a supervisor of curriculum and instruction, elementary principal, early childhood and elementary teacher.

Karen Farmer White has been elected as a candidate for membership on the Board of Trustees at Point Park. White is currently the managing director for the Pittsburgh office of Mesirow Financial.  She attended the doctoral program at the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pittsburgh, where she earlier earned a master’s in public administration. Previously, White served as vice president of education at WQED Multimedia, and as executive director of the Program to Aid Citizen Enterprise (PACE). She is a graduate of The Leadership Pittsburgh Program and has received numerous awards for her service to the community. White serves on several boards including:  the Pennsylvania State Board of Education; The August Wilson Center; Seton Hill University and the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) Foundation.

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