Cottey College is pleased to announce the hiring of Dr. Joann Bangs to fill the position of Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty.

Dr. Bangs earned a Ph.D. and an M.A. in Economics from the University of Minnesota and a B.S. in Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Prior to accepting the position at Cottey, she served as the Associate Provost of the College of Women and the Dean for the School of Business and Professional Studies at St. Catherine University, a women’s institution, in St. Paul, Minnesota. Dr. Bangs brings with her experience as a professor, a chair, a dean, and an associate provost.

“We are fortunate to find someone of Dr. Bangs’ caliber to serve as our next Vice President for Academic Affairs,” said Dr. Jann Weitzel, President of the College. “Dr. Bangs noted in her cover letter that Cottey’s focus on women’s leadership is an excellent fit with her background, and I would agree. She served a variety of roles at a women’s college over the last 14 years, and also focused her scholarship on women’s leadership.”

Dr. Bangs began her tenure on November 1.

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