The chair, which is awarded to a person who has achieved a worldwide reputation for academic excellence and scholarly contributions in a particular field, is funded by the Office of Academic Affairs and is designed to remain in the College of Education, Leadership and Counseling.
Gavrilyuk, successor to Thomas Sullivan, discusses his role as a university collaborator and bridge-builder, and his journey from a solid-state physics student in Moscow to an internationally respected theologian at St. Thomas.
This year Dr. Tonia Bock, whose area of research is moral development in adolescence and emerging adulthood, spent six weeks in Rome at John Cabot University, an American-accredited university. She taught a class of 11 study-abroad students during a five-week session in July.
Dr. Christopher Puto will remain as dean of the Opus College of Business and Dr. Bruce Gleason as interim director of the International Education Center until their successors are chosen during the 2013-14 academic year.
Dr. Susan Huber, executive vice president and chief academic officer at St. Thomas since 2008, will retire from her position on June 30, 2014. Dr. Julie Sullivan, president-elect, said she will launch a national search this fall for Huber's successor.
When the St. Thomas Alumni Association asked alumni in a recent survey whether there were faculty members who had strong positive effects on their educational experiences, more than 800 names were mentioned. These are the top five.