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Cindy Munro Appointed Dean of School of Nursing and Health Studies

CINDY MUNRO

Cindy Munro

The University of Miami has appointed inventor and nursing leader Cindy Munro as the new dean of  its School of Nursing and Health Studies.

By UM News

Cindy Munro, an accomplished health care researcher and a leader in the field of nursing, has been named the new dean of the University of Miami’s School of Nursing and Health Studies.

Munro is currently associate dean of research and innovation at the University of South Florida College of Nursing. Prior to joining USF in 2011, she was the Nursing Alumni Endowed Professor in the School of Nursing at Virginia Commonwealth University.

“Nurses are frontline partners in offering the highest quality of patient-centered integrated health care,” said UM President Julio Frenk. “Dr. Munro’s extensive experience and commitment to innovation and invention aligns with the mission of SONHS to share health knowledge and provide service focused on patient safety to our community and communities across the globe.”

Munro’s appointment was announced by President Frenk and Jeffrey Duerk, UM’s executive vice president and provost, who joined UM earlier this month.

“I am immensely impressed with Dr. Munro’s qualifications and her research in health care,” said Duerk. “I look forward to working with her as she builds upon the School’s global reputation for providing a first-class nursing education.”

Munro, who in February received the 2017 Leadership in Research Award by the Southern Nursing Research Society, focuses her research on the relationship between oral health and the prevention of systemic disease. Her work has been supported by more than $8 million in funding, and she recently received a grant of nearly $2 million from the National Institute of Nursing Research to conduct studies on the prevention of delirium in critically ill adults. She holds three patents, including an international patent for a vaccine to prevent streptococcal endocarditis.

Munro’s work has helped change clinical practice and reduce health care costs by addressing hospital-acquired infections.

“I have always admired the focused research and expertise of the faculty at the School of Nursing and Health Studies,” Munro said. “I look forward to joining the team and building on the School’s success and educating the next generation of leaders in nursing care and in health studies.”

She will begin her new role on August 15.

Munro received her Ph.D. in Nursing from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Post Master’s Adult Nurse Practitioner degree, also from VCU. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Millersville University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Science in Medical Surgical Nursing from the University of Delaware. She is a licensed registered nurse in Florida and Virginia and is a board-certified adult nurse practitioner.

Co-editor in chief of the American Journal of Critical Care, Munro has published numerous articles and has been recognized for her writing with the Apex Award for Publication Excellence in Editorial and Advocacy Writing in 2016 and the American Society of Healthcare Publication Editors 2016 Best Commentary Silver Award.

Munro is a member of the USF Chapter of the National Academy of Inventors and is a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

 

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Theresa Semmens Named Chief Information Security Officer and Assistant VP

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Theresa Semmens

Theresa Semmens

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (June 17, 2017)—Bringing a wealth of strategic cybersecurity expertise, Theresa Semmens joins the University of Miami as its chief information security officer (CISO) and assistant vice president, effective June 19.

As a member of University of Miami Information Technology’s (UMIT’s) Executive Cabinet, Semmens will work closely with senior administration, academic leaders, health system leaders, and the University community to optimize UM’s information technology security.

“Theresa brings strategic leadership to UMIT during our ongoing work to enhance our cybersecurity posture,” said Steve Cawley, vice president for information technology and chief information officer. “We’re looking forward to her being a leader who will have a positive impact on our University and information technology as a whole.”

As an advocate for UM’s information security needs, Semmens will be responsible for the development of a comprehensive information security strategy and a security program that leverages collaborations and university-wide resources, facilitates information security governance, advises senior leadership on security direction and resource investments, and designs appropriate policies to manage information security risk.

Semmens joins UM from North Dakota State University (NDSU), where she served as its CISO. There, she was responsible for creating, coordinating, and evaluating processes to build an information security vision and strategy, which included security policies, procedures and risk management, and assessment. At NDSU, she also reviewed contracts, software and service licenses, and agreements that contained IT components of security and regulatory compliance—in particular evaluating matters related to HIPPA, FERPA, GLBA, and applicable protection of information and privacy laws.

Semmens holds two master’s degrees, one in business administration and another in management, from the University of Mary in North Dakota.

 

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Allan Gyorke Appointed Assistant Provost for Education Innovation

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Allan Gyorke

Allan Gyorke

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (June 2, 2017)— Allan Shawn Gyorke has been named assistant provost for education innovation to expand the role of technologies and encourage innovation in teaching and learning across the University.

Since 2013, Gyorke has served as chief academic technology officer at the University, and has been responsible for exploring and supporting technologies used by faculty and students for teaching and learning. This includes computer labs, student printing, student IT support, instructional design consultations, Blackboard, the UMiami app, IT services in the School of Architecture and Medical Education, the Faculty Learning Communities, and the annual Faculty Showcase.

In his additional role, Gyorke will work closely with William Green, senior vice provost and dean of undergraduate education, to advance the Education Innovation initiative of the University’s Roadmap to Our New Century.

Gyorke’s initial priorities include assessing the faculty’s familiarity with the range of pedagogical methods and technological resources, and devising appropriate resources and workshops to foster and promote pedagogical innovation. He already has begun that work to help develop the University’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) on discussion-based learning, which is part of the University’s reaccreditation report to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

Prior to joining the University, Gyorke studied and worked for 21 years at Penn State University, where he oversaw computer workshops, ran the IT services for the Hazleton campus, built some of the first online courses and MOOCs, worked closely with faculty on the integration of technology into traditional on-campus courses, and led course redesign efforts to include student-generated media, podcasting, blogs, online social networks, and flipped learning models.

In addition to his university experience, Gyorke is an active participant in Educause, a higher education IT organization. He is a writer in the “7 Things You Should Know About…” series of white papers, faculty member in the Learning Technology Leadership Institute (2014-2017), and a member of the Horizon Report advisory board. He is also a reviewer for the American Journal of Distance Education.

Gyorke earned his B.S. degree in industrial engineering and his M.Ed. degree in adult education, and has worked in a variety of roles that advanced classroom and curriculum innovation and explored the bridge between technology, culture, and learning science.

At UM, Gyorke plays a key leadership role in developing a program to introduce and assess the role of narrative in online teaching. The program was supported by a generous grant from the Knight Foundation. The grant has sponsored two Faculty Showcases, in which UM faculty members share their innovative course designs with other faculty and staff.

Faculty Showcase 2017 consisted of 18 faculty-led sessions as well as information and demonstration tables operated by service units. This cross-pollination of ideas has been helping to break down silos between UM schools and elevate teaching practice across the University.

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Rudy Fernandez Returns to His Roots

Recently named senior vice president for public affairs and communications and chief of staff to the president, Fernandez plans to take UM’s Division of University Communications “from good to great.”

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Rudy Fernandez

Rudy Fernandez

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (May 25, 2017)Rudy Fernandez cut his teeth in politics and communications some 18 years ago while serving as the spokesperson and press secretary for iconic U.S. Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. It was at a time when two of the biggest stories in recent South Florida history—the Elián González case and the U.S. presidential election recount—dominated the headlines, putting him in a position to shape national headlines.

“The stakes were high,” recalls Fernandez, who was only a couple of years removed from his days as a Harvard undergraduate. “I was speaking for a congresswoman who was up for reelection every two years and managing her communications strategy. So it was fast-paced and sometimes frantic, but I learned a lot.”

With his mettle and savviness sharpened under Ros-Lehtinen, Fernandez would go on to serve as a special assistant to the president in the George W. Bush administration, eventually landing at the University of Miami in 2007 as vice president for government and community relations—a role in which he helped to secure more than $400 million in public funding for the University and led advocacy efforts that resulted in the passage of several landmark pieces of state legislation.

Now, the son of Cuban-born parents is taking his successful work managing external relations in government and expanding it to include other constituents important to UM. With his promotion last week as senior vice president for public affairs and communications, Fernandez has taken aim at elevating UM’s Division of University Communications “from good to great.”

“Over the next 24 months, I want to see our division become, in a way we can verify and quantify, the strongest communications team in the Southeastern United States,” says Fernandez, who will be working closely with Vice President for University Communications Jackie Menendez and will continue in his role as chief of staff to UM President Julio Frenk.

To take the division to the next level, digital content, multimedia storytelling, and learning through analytics will be an increased focus. “We will enhance our ability to tell the great human stories we see every day on our campus, in our hospitals and clinics, and in communities around the world where UM’s teaching and research is making an impact. Whether it’s talented faculty making groundbreaking discoveries or a student who excels in the classroom, in the community, or on the playing field, we will harness new media to share more and better stories of ‘Canes in the world,” says Fernandez, who holds an M.B.A. from UM’s School of Business Administration.

Saying the division needs to be one that is “results oriented,” Fernandez hopes to make greater use of social media and other tools “that weren’t available to communications teams 30 years ago but now help us to spread our content and measure which audiences we reach and how.”

“We can now see how many eyeballs are reading our stories and watching our videos,” he explains. “The news cycle over the last 25 years has changed significantly. You once had to wait for the paper to hit your front door to get the news. Now stories are updated moment to moment. We have to have a communications shop that has that orientation.”

The division Fernandez will lead includes media relations and communications and marketing, and produces print publications such as Miami magazine, as well as electronic publications including the Veritas employee newsletter, and the special online reports on climate change and the Zika virus.

His plan to ramp up the division includes much more than pushing out Tweets and producing more content. “We need to interact with our audience,” says Fernandez, who wrote for the Harvard Crimson as an undergraduate. “From the national media who want access to our experts to alumni who want to share stories of their impact in the world, our communication strategies need to invite people in. And we need to interact with our internal audiences as well. We want to make sure that students are heard and that our incredible schools and colleges help surface stories of our research and teaching in action.”

While pursuing new communications strategies and creating more nimble content across multiple platforms are key ingredients to his plan, Fernandez says the basics—“the blocking and tackling of communications”—still hold true. “Building trust, getting the facts right, producing top-notch content. That will never change,” says Fernandez. “The University of Miami’s story is a story of academic excellence and rising reputation; community connection and rich diversity; spirit and sports; and, as President Frenk says, resilience and renewal. It is a privilege to be charged with telling that story, and together we will do that better than ever before.”

 

 

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Sergio Gonzalez Headed to Brown

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Sergio Gonzalez

Sergio Gonzalez

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (May 17, 2017)—Sergio Gonzalez, the senior vice president for university advancement and external affairs who led the University of Miami’s Momentum capital campaigns and the ‘U’ rebranding effort, has been named senior vice president for advancement at Brown University.

“After more than 15 years of superlative service to the University of Miami, Sergio will certainly be missed, but I am sure you will join me in congratulating him as he embarks on this next chapter of his outstanding career,” President Julio Frenk said in announcing Gonzalez’s new position, effective August 1.

“Over the years, Sergio has led all development, communications, community relations, and alumni relations activities at the University. His efforts in these areas contributed significantly to our progress as a top-tier institution.”

In addition to the Momentum capital campaigns, which raised more than $3 billion during former UM President Donna E. Shalala’s tenure, Gonzalez was responsible for implementing the “U” as UM’s university-wide visual brand, now considered a national model for university rebranding. He also created the University’s first comprehensive parents program, a widely recognized donor stewardship effort, and a highly successful admissions legacy program.

In a message to the advancement team, Gonzalez said his decision was bittersweet as he had the great privilege of leading University Advancement under two gifted presidents who provided compelling and far-reaching visions for the institution. “It is,” he wrote, “ a wonderful and exhilarating time to be at the U. However, often exciting and different opportunities come your way that you never expected. These require consideration and sometimes result in difficult—and life-changing—professional and personal decisions.”

At Brown, an Ivy league college founded in Providence, Rhode Island, in 1764, Gonzalez will oversee advancement areas across the University, including the Office of Development, Office of Alumni Relations, Corporate and Foundation Relations, the Office for International Advancement, the Brown Sports Foundation, the Brown Annual Fund and others. He will report directly to Brown President Christina Paxson and serve as a member of the President’s Cabinet.

Before joining UM, Gonzalez served as chief of staff for the Miami-Dade County executive mayor and as a senior executive in Miami-Dade County government. He also served as the executive director of the South Florida 1999 Super Bowl Host Committee and the first executive director of the Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust.

A self-described son of Miami, Gonzalez also has been deeply involved in the community, having filled a number of senior roles in key local private and public organizations, including the Dade County Homeless Trust, South Florida Super Bowl Host Committee, and Miami-Dade County Mayor’s Office.

He also served in key community institutions, including the Orange Bowl Committee, Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, and the Arsht Performing Arts Center Trust, and nationally as a member of the boards of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and the National Council of La Raza.

Frenk said a comprehensive search for Gonzalez’s replacement will begin immediately, and will rely on input from faculty, staff, trustees, and other members of the UM community.

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