Another top official leaving Chatham University

David Hassenzahl, the dean of the Falk School of Sustainability, is departing Chatham University to become dean of the College of Natural Sciences at California State University, Chico, Chatham officials told campus today.

Mr. Hassenzahl came to Chatham in 2010. He leaves July 1.

Mr. Hassenzahl decided he would relinquish the deanship here in November, and the campus was alerted to that at the time, Chatham spokesman Bill Campbell said. A national search firm is looking for a successor and the effort is nearing a completion, Chatham officials said.

The Falk School is set up to deliver undergraduate and graduate education within the field of sustainability and as such, said Chatham officials, will be less affected by the university-wide academic reorganization due to accompany Chatham’s transition to coed in fall 2015.

Last week, the campus learned that Chatham University’s chief academic officer is resigning to take a job in Florida. Wenying Xu, vice president for academic affairs who came to Chatham from Florida 21 months ago, is returning to that state to become provost at Jacksonville University, a private institution with 4,200 students.

She leaves early next month.

Chatham also announced that Thomas Stevick has joined the university as the vice president of university advancement. The school said he has nearly two decades of experience, including his most recent position at Eastern Michigan University. He was vice president for advancement there and executive director of the EMU Foundation, Chatham officials said.

“Chatham is about to embark on another major transformation as we begin planning for the implementation of our academic reorganization and undergraduate coeducation," Chatham President Esther Barazzone said in a statement. "This transition is an opportunity for new ideas, directions and leadership from those already part of or who will join our community in helping chart this exciting way forward for our institution."

Bill Schackner:, 412-263-1977 and on Twitter: @BschacknerPG. First Published May 12, 2014 12:26 PM

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