The Department of Applied Professional Studies, comprised of Sport Management and Exercise Science and Music Industry, will be established July 1, following endorsement by the University Senate.
Penny Hite, chair of the current Department of Sport Management and Exercise Science, will chair the new department, which will become part of the School of Business. Exercise Science will be relocated within the Department of Biology, where it will become an interdisciplinary major.
Todd Backes, assistant professor of Sport Management and Exercise, will become a faculty member in the Department of Biology.
The new department's structure was determined following receipt of widespread input and discussions. There will be no curricular changes associated with the academic realignment, and student programs will not be impacted.
Those who contributed to the long and thoughtful discussions that resulted in the realignment included Pat Astry, chair of the Department of Biology; faculty within the Department of Biology; Dr. Russ Boisjoly, dean of the School of Business; faculty within the School of Business; Dr. John Kijinski, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences; Backes; and the Planning and Budget Committee of the University Senate.
"Their support has been instrumental in the planning and implementation of this important reorganization," said Dr. Kevin Kearns, interim provost and vice president of Academic Affairs.