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Mount chooses three new leaders for academic divisions

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Three new leaders will guide the divisions of business, health sciences and arts and humanities at the College of Mount St. Joseph. The Mount announces Susan Wajert, Ph.D., MSN, MBA, RN, will begin her role as dean of health sciences on Aug. 1. Jamal Rashed, Ph.D., MBA, began as dean of business on July 1 and Mike Sontag, Ph.D., has been named dean of arts and humanities after serving as interim dean since February. Sontag officially becomes dean on Aug. 18.

Wajert comes to the Mount from Trinity College of Nursing and Health Sciences in Rock Island, Ill. where she had served as chancellor. She had also previously served at Defiance College where she was an administrator in the business and allied health division, as well as the business administration program.

“With the dynamic nature of health care, it is essential to prepare health care professionals who are knowledgeable and excel in their disciplines,” said Wajert. “The health sciences programs at the Mount are known for their high quality, and as a division, we will build on this foundation to advance each program and investigate new opportunities.”

Sontag is an associate professor of philosophy at the Mount and received his doctorate from the University of Cincinnati where he was honored with the graduate school’s 2001 Excellence in Teaching Award. He previously served as chair of philosophy and coordinator of general studies at the Mount.

Rashed came to the Mount from Northern Michigan University where he was dean of the college of business. He had previously served as director of the Center for International Business at Xavier University.

“This is an exciting time at the Mount,” said Alan deCourcy, Ph.D., VP of academic affairs. “Three new leaders will take over key academic roles as we roll out our strategic plan, Vision2020.”

The College of Mount St. Joseph is an undergraduate and graduate Catholic college that provides an interdisciplinary liberal arts and professional curriculum emphasizing values, service and social responsibility.