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CWU Names Interim Dean of Library Services

Central Washington University Provost Katherine Frank today named Gregory “Greg” J. Paveza as interim dean of library services. Paveza will begin his duties on July 1, 2017.

He replaces Patricia Cutright, who retires on August 4. Cutright had been dean of library services since 2010.

Paveza is the former dean of graduate studies and the library and, prior to that, dean of the School of Health and Human Services, at Southern Connecticut State University. Since retiring last August, he has been a private higher education consultant.

He was selected from candidates put forward by the Registry, a national organization with more than 500 experienced, retired higher education executives who are available on an interim basis to assist colleges and universities.

“Greg is an experienced administrator who will ensure that our library operations continue running smoothly throughout this transition period,” Frank said. “We are looking forward to working with him and are excited about the knowledge and expertise he brings to the position.”

Paveza, who holds a PhD in public health sciences from the University of Illinois at Chicago, also has a MSW in clinical social work from the University of Hawaii and a BA in psychology with a minor in theology from Lewis College (now Lewis University) in Illinois.

He previously served as campus associate dean and director of the Division of Arts and Sciences, Lakeland campus, at the University of Southern Florida, where he also was a professor of social work and faculty senate president. Additionally, he completed an American Council on Education Fellowship at Northern Illinois University.

Paveza has also worked as director of the Center of Long Term Mental Health Evaluation in the Department of Veterans Affairs Health Services Administration and served on the faculty in the School of Public Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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