Thursday, September 29, 2011

Jeff Sellers Joins Union as Director of Development

CINCINNATI - Union Institute & University today announced it has hired Jeff Sellers as director of development. In his role, Sellers will oversee fundraising efforts for the national, private, non-profit university headquartered in Cincinnati.

Sellers comes to Union with more than 11 years of experience orchestrating successful development initiatives and fundraising efforts including: capital campaigns; major gifts; grants, and corporate solicitations; annual fund drives; direct mail; online fundraising; planned giving; and special events.

“Jeff’s wealth of experience will be put to good use in assisting Union in its future fundraising efforts,” said Dr. Roger H. Sublett, president of Union Institute & University. “We are delighted to have attracted an individual with the talent and experience that Jeff brings to the university.”

Most recently, Sellers served as the director of fund development for the Cincinnati Chapter of the American Red Cross. In this role he managed a comprehensive fundraising program that included direct mail, online giving, major gifts and planned giving. His efforts doubled the number of major donors and significantly increased the organization’s overall number of donors. Prior to his role as director of fund development, Sellers served as a major gifts officer for the Red Cross, managing the largest Biker’s Ball in chapter history and raising more than $165,000 at the annual event for the organization.

Prior to joining the Red Cross, Sellers served as a fundraising manager for the Kids in Need Foundation in Dayton, where he guided and managed the volunteer fundraising and marketing committee of more than 10 members and conducting the Kids in Need’s first $1 million annual campaign. He also provided leadership at Wilberforce University, where he served as a major gift officer for four years before accepting his position at Kids in Need.

Sellers holds an M.B.A. from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio and a Bachelor of Science (cum laude) from Heidelberg College in Tiffin.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Cincinnati Undergraduate Center Launches Dual Degree Program

CINCINNATI - As part of its ongoing mission to provide socially-relevant and academically rigorous degree programs for adults, Union Institute & University today announced the launch of the Bachelor of Science dual major in leadership and business management. The new dual degree program is an accelerated, 60 credit-hour, on-ground program, designed to prepare students for today’s technology savvy world. As with all programs at the private, non-profit university, the program also emphasizes social responsibility and servant leadership. Graduates of the program will earn a BS degree in both leadership and business management.

The BS in leadership and business management curriculum was designed by experienced business management professionals to enhance the knowledge and skills of people in or aspiring to positions of increasing responsibility. “In today’s dynamic professional environment, people in positions of leadership have to envision, inspire, and motivate to reach increasing levels of success. This new program teaches students how to temper abilities with strong organizational and administrative skills to provide more effective leadership,” said Jeffrey Shepard, director of the BS in leadership and business management and interim chair of the Leadership program at the Cincinnati Undergraduate Center.

The new program follows a cohort model, where students progress through the program as a group, meeting once a week at Union’s Cincinnati Academic and in weekly group meetings outside class hours, for each five-week course. As an accelerated program, students who enroll with an associate’s degree or two years of college credits can earn their BS in leadership and business management in 18 months. Credits will also be considered for CLEP and DANTES testing and other prior learning assessments. In addition, each student enrolled in the program will engage in business-quality web conferencing, receive an ultra-portable laptop, and gain access to the university’s comprehensive online library.

Union is currently accepting applications for the first BS in leadership and business management cohort, to begin in January 2012 and are hosting information sessions about the new program from 6:30 – 8 p.m. Tuesday November 8 and Wednesday November 30. To attend an information session, contact Brooke Fletcher at 513-487-1219 or Participants will be registered to win an Amazon Kindle.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Ph.D. Alumna Maravene Loeschke Appointed President of Towson University

Maravene Loeschke, Ph.D.

Dr. Maravene Loeschke, a graduate of Union Institute & University’s Ph.D. program, has been appointed president of Towson University, the second largest university in Maryland. Dr. Loeschke, currently president of Mansfield University, replaces Robert Caret, Ph.D., who resigned from Towson several months ago to become president of the University of Massachusetts system.

“We are very proud of Dr. Loeschke and her achievements, particularly that she is embarking on her second presidency. Her efforts as a creative and courageous leader in higher education are well known,” said Dr. Roger H. Sublett, president of Union Institute & University. “She truly emulates Union’s mission to engage every student in a lifetime of servant leadership.”

Loeschke earned both her master's degree in education and her bachelor's degree in theatre and English from Towson University, and spent more than 30 years at her alma mater moving up through the faculty ranks before serving as dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communication from 1997 until 2002, when she left Towson to accept the appointment as provost of Wilkes University in Pennsylvania.

During her tenure at Wilkes, Loeschke is credited with the success of several initiatives, including shaping an undergraduate experience centered on mentorship, creating the University Diversity Action Plan, reorganizing the academic division into schools, initiating the development of learned outcomes assessments for academic programs, and increasing funding for faculty development.

Loeschke was appointed president of Mansfield University in 2006. In this role, she oversaw the development of the university's first inclusive strategic plan and the establishment of a budget dedicated to the plan's goals. In addition, she reorganized the university's administrative structure to achieve greater efficiency and effectiveness, strengthened the relationship between the university and the community, and brought greater focus to diversity and inclusion on campus.

A 1975 graduate of Union’s Ph.D. program, Loeschke is active in leadership and mentoring programs for women in higher education and has also worked as a professional actress. Her awards include the Towson University Alumni Service Award and the U.S. Postal Service Martin Luther King Service Award for commitment to diversity at Wilkes University.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Gladys Styles Johnston, Ph.D., Joins Union's Board of Trustees

CINCINNATI, OH - Union Institute & University (UI&U), a private, non-profit university that offers a different approach to adult education featuring flexible, individualized, and socially relevant undergraduate and graduate degree programs, today announced the appointment of Gladys Styles Johnston, Ph.D. to its Board of Trustees.

“From serving as chancellor at a major university to overseeing a leadership initiative for those who aspire to follow in her footsteps, Gladys Styles Johnston provides an important voice in higher education,” said Dr. Roger H. Sublett, president of Union Institute & University. “We are deeply honored that she has joined our board and look forward to her expertise and leadership. Her career path is exemplary and shows a deep commitment to adults who seek education that makes a difference in their own lives and the communities around them.

Johnston currently serves as the assistant to the president of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) and as the director of the AASCU’s Millennium Leadership Initiative, a program designed to assist high-achieving academic administrators at the level of dean or higher who are planning to seek presidency or chancellorship of a university.

Johnston served as the chancellor of the University of Nebraska at Kearney from 1993 until 2002, when she became a chancellor emerita. Before joining the University of Nebraska, she served as provost, and then as executive vice president, for DePaul University in Chicago. Prior to her appointment at DePaul, Johnston served as dean of the College of Education at Arizona State University (ASU). Before joining ASU she was chair of the Department of Management in the School of Business at Rutgers University.

Johnston has served on several civic, educational, and commercial boards including the Omaha Branch of Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, in which she chaired for three consecutive years. She served as board chair for the AASCU and was a member of the board of directors for the American Council of Educators. Johnston also served on the board of the Higher Learning Commission and as a national advisor on the Kellogg Foundation’s National Fellowship Program. In 1992, she was selected by the YMCA of Chicago as an “Outstanding Educator” in the city.

Johnston holds a bachelor’s degree in social science from Cheyney University, a master’s in educational administration from Temple and a Ph.D. from Cornell University. She served as a distinguished commonwealth visiting professor at the School of Education at the College of William & Mary and has published two books and co-authored several research articles.

For more information please contact Nicole Hamilton, UI&U public relations manager, at 513-487-1194 or

Monday, September 12, 2011

Union Hosts Second Brattleboro Higher Education Fair September 29

The Brattleboro Academic Center at VABEC
Fair will feature experts from eight regional colleges and universities

BRATTLEBORO – Union Institute & University, a private, non-profit university in Brattleboro, will host the second annual Brattleboro Area Higher Education Fair, Thursday, September 29th, from 5:30 -7 p.m. at VABEC on Old Guilford Road in Brattleboro. The free event is co-sponsored by the Brattleboro Area Chamber of Commerce and will feature representatives from eight Brattleboro-area colleges and universities including: Community College of Vermont, Marlboro College, SIT Graduate Institute, Greenfield Community College, Union Institute & University, Keene State College, Vermont Technical College, and River Valley Community College.

Attendees can learn about graduate degree programs in areas including: business, psychology, international education, sustainability, health care administration, education, and interdisciplinary studies. In addition, bachelor’s and associate’s degrees are offered at several of the participating higher education institutions in a number of disciplines and delivery models. Michele Delhaye from VSAC will also be present to answer questions about financing education.

Key representatives will be on hand to answer questions about a number of important topics including graduate education, low-residency and online degree programs, study abroad, and choosing between a two-year specialized or community college.

The Higher Education Fair is ideal for students and parents, working adults looking to return to college, employees of local organizations, as well as faculty and staff from local schools who want to learn more about the colleges and universities located in the greater Brattleboro area, or who may be interested in an advanced degree. The event will feature light refreshments. Donations will be accepted on behalf of the Brattleboro Area Chamber of Commerce “Skills for Success” scholarship.

For more information contact the Brattleboro Academic Center at, or at 802-257-9411.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Roger Allbee, Former VT Secretary of Agriculture, Appointed to Board of Trustees

Roger Allbee
MONTPELIER, VT - Union Institute & University (UI&U), a private, non-profit university that offers a different approach to adult education featuring flexible, individualized, and socially relevant undergraduate and graduate degree programs, today announced the appointment of Roger Allbee to its Board of Trustees. Allbee is a leader in the advancement of agriculture in the United States and former secretary of the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets.

“Roger Allbee’s knowledge, experience, expertise, and lifelong commitment to Vermont will help Union make a lasting, positive impact on higher education initiatives in Vermont and beyond,” said Roger H. Sublett, president of Union Institute & University. “We are honored that he has chosen to serve on Union’s Board of Trustees.”

Allbee was appointed secretary of the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets in January 2007 by former Vermont Governor Jim Douglas. As secretary, Allbee administered one of the most diverse and publically watched agencies in Vermont, overseeing all facets of the state’s agriculture including animal health and welfare, agricultural development, water quality and nutrient management, international trade and trade policy, and food safety.

Before serving as secretary, Allbee was the executive director for the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm Services Agency for the State of Vermont. In this role, he was responsible for the execution of farm loan and farm program delivery to Vermont farmers and managed several offices throughout the state of Vermont. During his tenure as executive director, the Vermont FSA loan team received an USDA FSA Administrator’s Award.

In addition to Allbee’s roles with the state of Vermont and the USDA, he also served as a senior international business consultant on agricultural trade policy and as a professional staff member of the U.S. House Committee on Agriculture. He has also served as vice president of the former Farm Credit Banks of Springfield, Mass., and as an extension specialist at Cornell University.

Allbee's earned his B.S. in agricultural economics from the University of Vermont, and a master's in agricultural economics from the University of Massachusetts. He has completed the Cornell University Agricultural Executives Program, and the Harvard Business School Agribusiness seminars. He served in Special Weapons of the U.S. Army with a rank of captain, and has received numerous awards including the Honor Award from the Soil and Water Conservation Society of America.