Mesa dean brings vision to Benedictine campus

November 9, 2012

Mick_Carroll_web2Lisle, Illinois ~ After strengthening programs and increasing enrollment as dean of Benedictine University’s Moser College for Adult and Professional Studies, Michael L. Carroll, Ph.D., plans to continue to lead by example as he helps shape the University’s Mesa branch campus.

This month, Carroll began his new role as dean of Benedictine University at Mesa. In this role, Carroll will hire new faculty, help design academic curriculum and work with Mesa community leaders to “coordinate experiential learning, internships and service-learning opportunities,” Carroll said.

 Though Carroll brings with him a history of successes in his previous role, he acknowledges the inherent challenges in establishing quality academic programming within an entirely new region.

“With any start-up operation, the biggest challenge is to effectively get the word out and communicate the benefits of something that does not yet exist,” Carroll said.

However, he said the Mesa community has embraced Benedictine, which will become the first ever Catholic university to open in Arizona.

“Although I have only been here (in Mesa) a couple days, I have seen so much excitement and willingness by the local community to help in any way to make sure that we are successful in getting off to a great start,” Carroll said. “I recently attended the Diocese of Phoenix’s annual ‘Night of Hope’ dinner. It is their annual thank you and fundraising event to raise money for scholarships. I was so welcomed and so many people came up to me to express how happy they were to have a Catholic university located in the diocese.”

Carroll will work closely with Jo Wilson, senior administrator and special assistant to the executive vice president for Benedictine University at Mesa.

Benedictine University President William J. Carroll (no relation), Ph.D., expressed confidence that Michael Carroll will be able to duplicate his Moser College successes at the Mesa branch campus.

“Dean Carroll has the foresight, the experience and the leadership ability to help bring Benedictine University’s values-centered liberal arts education to a new generation of learners in the greater Mesa area and beyond,” President Carroll said. “This is an exciting time for Benedictine University, the Mesa community and the state of Arizona. Dean Carroll has the vision and the ability to help transition this excitement into a strong academic program at our Mesa branch campus.”

An additional challenge that has required little adjustment for Carroll is the 70-80 degree temperatures in Mesa in November. Thus far, Carroll said he does not miss Chicago’s much cooler fall and winter days.

Benedictine University at Mesa opened its services center at 51 E. Main St. on September 20 and will begin offering classes in fall 2013 at 225 E. Main St. Both locations are in downtown Mesa.

Initial degree offerings will include a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Arts in Communication Arts, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Bachelor of Arts in Theology, Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Bachelor of Business Administration in Management and Organizational Behavior, in addition to a minor in Religious Studies.

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Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 56 undergraduate majors, 16 graduate and four doctorate programs. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently ranked Benedictine University as the seventh fastest-growing campus among private nonprofit master’s universities, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among the top 20 percent of America’s colleges for 2011. Benedictine University’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain’s Chicago Business as the fourth largest in the Chicago area in 2011.

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