Wednesday, March 29th, 2023
Need to Know

COT Approvals/Social Work Moves

COT gave approval to three new academic programs and social work has a new home.

The Millersville University Council of Trustees (COT) approved three new academic programs, including a new doctoral program, at their regular meeting earlier this summer.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) was approved by the COT and has a goal of developing the next generation of nursing practice leaders that will have a positive impact on health care in the central Pennsylvania region. The program is the third doctoral program that will be offered by the University following approval of a Doctorate in Educational Leadership (Ed.D.) and a Doctor of Social Work (DSW) earlier this year. The DNP is awaiting approval from the Board of Governors (BOG).

A new major, Bachelor of Design in Interactive and Graphic Design (BDES), was also approved by the COT and subsequently by the BOG. Proposed by the Department of Art & Design, BDES provides a more accurate representation of the skills learned and courses taught under the interactive and graphic design curriculum.  All courses required for the degree currently exist and are taught regularly. The purpose of the proposed major is to offer a clearer way for students to communicate to employers what skills and abilities they have earned through the program.

And, the COT also approved a new graduate program, Master of Education in Assessment, Curriculum and Teaching (M.Ed. ACTE). The degree contains two concentrations: one in online teaching and one in Science, Engineering, Technology and Mathematics (STEM) education. Both areas of concentration address fields that the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) recognizes as “new and emerging areas where formal certification does not exist.” The new master’s degree also recently received BOG approval.

In other action the COT approved:

  • Dual enrollment memorandum of understanding between local school districts and Millersville University for high school students to enroll in undergraduate courses.
  • Payment of $3,000 to be made to the Lancaster Emergency Medical Services Association (LEMSA) in support of protection services provided to Millersville University.
  • The demolition of Bucks House located at 135 North Prince Street which has been vacant for several years and is unsound.
  • The Susan C. and Gerald C. Eckert Service and Philanthropy Endowment Award, which will be granted annually to a recipient selected on the basis of exemplary service and philanthropy in advancing the mission of public higher education as part of the Millersville University Foundation Endowment.

The COT approved emeritus status for:

  • Dr. James E. McCollum, Executive Deputy to the President/Chief of Staff, 2006-201
  • Dr. Robert T. Smith, Dean of the School of Science and Mathematics, 2009-2015
  • Dr. Marjorie M. Warmkessel, Library, 1978-2013



 As part of the Academic Affairs Reorganization, please note that the Social Work Department has completed its relocation from McComsey Hall.  The new School of Social Work in the College of Education and Human Services is located on the third floor of Stayer Hall, with its main office in Stayer 301.

New office locations for the faculty and staff are given below.  (Please note that phone numbers have not changed.)

  • Dr. Joyous Bethel, Stayer Hall 321
  • Ms. Beth Colvin, Stayer Hall 301
  • Dr. Marc Felizzi, Stayer Hall 312
  • Dr. Leonora Foels, Stayer Hall 315
  • Prof. Jennifer Frank, Stayer Hall 309
  • Dr. Heather Girvin, Stayer Hall 317
  • Dr. Laura Granruth, Stayer Hall 311
  • Dr. David Johnson, Stayer Hall 319
  • Ms. Christine Kolenda, Stayer Hall 301
  • Dr. Curtis Proctor, Stayer Hall 305
  • Dr. Karen Rice, Stayer Hall 307
  • Dr. Kathleen Walsh, Stayer Hall 313



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