SCS Dean of Academic Affairs Walter Rankin named Interim Dean

In an email to the University today, President John DeGioia announced that Walter Rankin, a Senior Associate Dean of the School of Continuing studies, will take over as Interim Dean of the School of Continuing Studies beginning July 1. He is filling the vacancy left by exiting SCS Dean Robert Manuel, who accepted an offer the head the University of Indianapolis as president earlier this year.

According to the email, Rankin was responsible for organizing Georgetown’s re-accreditation efforts to the Middle States Commission on Education, which Georgetown passed with flying colors. According to his linked-in page, Rankin earned a PhD in German languages, literatures, linguistics from Georgetown in 1998.

Rankin worked at George Mason University till 2009, where he taught German language and literature. His Rate My Professors page there gives him a 4.8/5 for quality, and no less than 3/5 reviews on the first page mention his hotness, earning him a chili pepper.

The email additionally mentioned that James Parenti, formerly an official at the Department of Housing and Urban Development, will serve as Chief Administrative Officer during Rankin’s tenure.

Read the full email after the jump.

Georgetown University

Office of the President

June 6, 2012

Dear Members of the Georgetown University Community:

As you know, Dean Robert Manuel’s tenure as Associate Provost and Dean of the School of Continuing Studies will come to an end as he becomes President of the University of Indianapolis this July. We remain deeply grateful for Rob’s remarkable leadership and service to Georgetown over the past seven years. We are proud to call him a member of our community, and he will be truly missed here on the Hilltop.

I write to announce that Walter Rankin has accepted the role of Interim Dean of the School of Continuing Studies, effective July 1, 2012.

Walter has worked closely with Rob in the School of Continuing Studies for more than four years, first as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and an adjunct Associate Professor of Liberal Studies, and, most recently, as Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs & Compliance. In this role, he was responsible for managing all certification and accreditation-related activities, as well as faculty hiring and review. Walter most recently served on the Middle States Steering Committee and was one of the leaders of the effort to document compliance with key accreditation standards.  Prior to his time at Georgetown, Walter was part of the George Mason University community for over ten years, and he served as their Deputy Associate Dean for Undergraduate Academic Affairs for seven years.

I am also pleased to announce that in addition to his role as Senior Associate Dean, James Parenti will serve as Chief Administrative Officer for SCS during this interim period.  Jim has been a dedicated member of the SCS leadership since 2008 and prior to that he served in senior positions in Department of Housing and Urban Development.  In this role at SCS Jim will coordinate building management, corporate and community relations, and assist with the management of the school’s business affairs.

I know Walter and Jim will provide the outstanding leadership during this time of transition for SCS, and I want to express my sincere appreciation to them for taking on these important responsibilities.

I hope you will join me in welcoming Walter and Jim to these new roles and wishing Rob the best as he takes this next step.


John J. DeGioia

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