Gannon University Announces Two New Deans

Scheller and MauroPosted: May 21, 2013

Gannon University has announced the appointment of deans to head two of the University's three academic Colleges. William L. (W.L.) Scheller II, Ph.D., has accepted the position of Dean of the College of Engineering and Business and Steven A. Mauro, Ph.D., will become the Dean of the Morosky College of Health Professions and Sciences. The two new Deans join Linda M. Fleming, Ph.D. who is Dean of the College of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences.

Scheller currently serves as the department head of industrial & manufacturing engineering, and interim department head of business at Kettering University, Flint, Mich. He has held several posts since joining Kettering University in 1996. Scheller is associate professor of manufacturing engineering and previously was thesis director for the university. He earned a Ph.D. and a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln and a Bachelor of Science in industrial and operations engineering at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Scheller brings a wealth of experience in both the engineering and business sectors through his work in developing collaborative academic programs, formation of meaningful industry partners, and a strong record of engagement within the community.

At Kettering, Scheller worked closely with his industrial & manufacturing engineering faculty to revitalize the plastics processing laboratory and to create an interdisciplinary minor in plastics engineering. The minor is being developed in cooperation with Chrysler Group LLC, Ford Motor Co. and General Motors Co. A master's program in quality engineering that was developed under his leadership is awaiting approval by Kettering's board of trustees.

Mauro currently holds dual faculty appointments at both the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York and at Mercyhurst University. He serves as both the chair of the biology department and the director of the pre-health professions program at Mercyhurst University and as a research assistant professor at the University of Buffalo, where he received his bachelor's degree and doctorate, both in biology. Mauro was also a NIH Ruth Kirchstein Postdoctoral Fellow at Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y. from 2003-05. Mauro has a strong faculty research background and a successful grant procurement record.

Mauro created five new affiliation agreements with health professional schools while at Mercyhurst and was a major contributor to the establishment of experiential learning opportunities that took students to New Mexico, Ireland and the Galapagos Islands. Under his leadership, the biology department became one of the fastest-growing majors at Mercyhurst, and placement rates of graduates into health professional programs increased every year.

Scheller succeeds Melanie L. Hatch, Ph.D. who in January became chancellor and chief academic officer at Penn State University's DuBois campus. Mauro succeeds Carolynn Masters, Ph.D. who had served as Dean of the Morosky College of Health Professions since 2008 before becoming the University's provost and vice president for academic affairs. During the search process Rick Diz, Ph.D., chair of the University's environmental science and engineering department, served as interim dean of the College of Engineering and Business and Michele Roth-Kauffman, Esq., chair of the physician assistant program, served as interim dean of the Morosky College of Health Professions and Sciences.