Following a national search, Dr. Trudy Milburn has been offered and has accepted the position of associate vice president for academic affairs.
Milburn will come to Southern from Purchase College, State University of New York, where she serves as assistant dean of the School of Liberal Arts and Science and as director of academic programs.
Previously, Milburn was the founder of the Communication Program at California State University, Channel Island, where she also worked as co-director of the Center for Community Engagement. At Baruch College, CUNY, she was deputy director of the Graduate Studies Program in Corporate Communication. She also served six years as the director of Campus Solutions at Taskstream, where she provided consultations in online assessment software in order to meet the requirements of regional and specialized accreditation agencies.
Milburn holds a B.A. in rhetoric and communication from the University of California, Davis, an M.A. in speech communication from Texas A&M University, and a Ph.D. in communication from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
She will officially begin her work at the University on May 26, with about one week of transition overlap with current AVPAA Ilene Crawford. Crawford will be heading to Cornell College in early June 2020, where she will serve as vice president for academic affairs and dean of the College.