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3 new appointments enhance ASU efforts to serve students, community

April 19, 2017

University leaders take on new roles, responsibilities in cultural, communications and Campaign ASU 2020

Arizona State University is rewriting what it means to be a university with a mission to serve its students and beyond, from new ways to open access to higher education, to innovative ways to make a college stalwart — the football stadium — into a community gathering place year-round.

To further support strategic goals such as these, three leaders in the ASU community will take on new and expanded roles.

Christine Wilkinson, Colleen Jennings-Roggensack and Katie Paquet will each assume new responsibilities, effective immediately.

Wilkinson, ASU’s senior vice president, secretary of the university and president of the ASU Alumni Association, will be playing a pivotal role in spearheading fundraising efforts around two of the key components of the Campaign ASU 2020 objectives: ensuring student access and excellence, and championing student success. Campaign ASU 2020 is a university-wide philanthropic effort with a goal to raise at least $1.5 billion for the enterprise over the next three years. Wilkinson will also take charge of the new Office of University Ceremonies and Events, overseeing, among other things, the preparation, protocol and execution of major gatherings like commencement.

Wilkinson has served the university in a multitude of roles for 47 years, including as the vice president of Student Affairs and as the interim athletic director. She holds a tenured faculty position in the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College and was recently inducted into the Arizona Women’s Hall of Fame.

Jennings-Roggensack has been named vice president for cultural affairs at ASU and will remain the executive director of ASU Gammage, the premiere performing arts venue in Arizona. In her role, Jennings-Roggensack will lead Sun Devil Stadium 365, a university-wide initiative to reimagine and redesign the use of Sun Devil Stadium as a community union used 365 days a year by faculty, staff, students and the entire Arizona community for events and activities beyond athletics. She will also continue her work connecting ASU and the community through the arts.

Jennings-Roggensack was nominated by President Bill Clinton to serve on the National Council on the Arts, which she did from 1994 to 1997. She served as an ambassador for the arts for the National Council on the Arts until 2004. She has held positions at Dartmouth College and Colorado State University and chairs the Broadway League's Diversity and Inclusion Committee. She is also Arizona’s only Tony voter.

Katie Paquet, currently the deputy chief of staff in the Office of the President at ASU, has been named the vice president for media relations and strategic communications, overseeing the creation of print, photo and video stories about the university and engaging with media outlets to proactively communicate the success and work of our students, faculty and staff.

Prior to joining ASU, Paquet was the vice president of public affairs and external relations for the Arizona Board of Regents. She oversaw all communications and government relations activities for the board, serving as a liaison with media, policymakers, and the business, civic and educational community. 

ASU partnership launches prize for education and research innovation

Students, staff and alumni eligible for $25,000 prizes; nominations open through May 12


April 19, 2017

Students, staff and alumni at Arizona State University along with two international university partners have an opportunity to be recognized for education and research innovation through the newly launched PluS Alliance Prize.

A year after launching the PLuS Alliance with Kings College London and University of New South Wales, Sydney, the partnership is hosting the inaugural PLUS Alliance Prize. Students, staff and alumni from ASU and the partner institutions can nominate potential recipients both from within and outside the ASU community for either of the two prize categories: the PLus Alliance Prize for Research Innovation and the PLuS Alliance Prize for Education Innovation. Nominations are open through May 12.  PluS Alliance Prize Download Full Image

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Awardees of either prize will receive recognition for their leadership, $25,000 award money, travel expenses to attend the Times Higher Education Summit for the award of the prize in London, an opportunity to deliver a lecture at one of the three PLuS Alliance universities and networking opportunities with PLuS Alliance Fellows across the three partner universities.

The PLuS Alliance Prize supports the alliance’s mission to develop sustainable solutions to society’s global challenges through education and research. Since its inception a year ago, the PLuS Alliance launched combined online courses available to students at each of the universities, hosted student visits across each of the campuses and provided seed funding for new research in the realms of global health, sustainability, technology and innovation, and social justice. This prize is a further example of the PLuS Alliance mission in action by promoting researchers and educators to lead the way to a sustainable future.

PLuS Alliance Prize awardees will be determined by a judging panel including the presidents of the PLuS Alliance member universities and external experts in innovation.

For more information about the PLuS Alliance, visit www.plusalliance.org