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Zayaitz Named Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

May 4, 2016

KUTZTOWN, Pa. - Dr. Anne Zayaitz has been named provost and vice president for academic affairs at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, effective immediately.  The appointment was announced today by Dr. Kenneth S. Hawkinson, university president.

Zayaitz, who will serve as the university's chief academic officer and as a member of the president's cabinet, will be second-in-command for the institution.  Her position serves as the main advocate for student success and the pursuit of academic excellence, with oversight of educational, scholarly service and research initiatives throughout the division of Academic Affairs.  This will include oversight of the university's academic colleges and undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs.   

"Dr. Zayaitz has demonstrated many years of loyal, dedicated service to the institution," Hawkinson said. "She has significant experience as a high-level administrator and has wide support among many constituencies associated with our university.  She has been able to make progress on many of the initiatives that I have brought to the institution; initiatives that I feel will advance our institution.  She has also demonstrated throughout her career to be a person of high character, exhibiting caring and concern for the institution and its students."

Zayaitz served as acting provost and vice president of academic and student affairs since March 2015.  During that period, the university secured five accreditations and announced its first two doctoral programs.  Three new minor programs and one certification was added this spring, and 11 new programs, including four bachelor's and two master's programs, will debut in the fall.   

Zayaitz has been a member of the Kutztown University community since 1985, when she joined the faculty in the Department of Biology.  She taught various biology courses at KU for 14 years, advancing to associate professor.  During that period, Zayaitz regularly advised more than 70 students, helped secured more than $300,000 in grants, and served as the university ombudsperson.

"I am very excited to join the president's cabinet as provost and vice president for academic affairs," Zayaitz said.  "I look forward to continuing my work with the very dedicated, caring and talented faculty and staff at the university, as well as working with Dr. Hawkinson to ensure student success." 

Zayaitz has served on many committees at KU through the years, including chair of the new vice president for enrollment management and student affairs search, Women's Center Advisory Board, Commission on Human Diversity and the University Safety Committee.  She was an advisor to the Best Buddies student organization. 

In the community, Zayaitz is the president of East Penn Neighbors Helping Neighbors, a board member of the East Penn School District Education Foundation, and a volunteer at the Outley House Shelter for Men in Philadelphia, Pa. Zayaitz earned her Ph.D in food microbiology with a minor in nutrition and economics from Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y. She earned her Master of Science from Cornell in food microbiology and her Bachelor of Arts from Duke University, Durham, N.C., in botany.

A native of Emmaus, Lehigh County, Zayaitz has a son, John, a daughter, Margaret, and two grandchildren, Anna and Quincy.