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John McDermott retires after 34 years of service to Moravian College

Dr. Ann K. Stehney named as Director of Planning and Research

(Bethlehem, Pennsylvania)— Dr. John McDermott recently retired after 34 years of extraordinary and dedicated service to Moravian College, including 19 as professor of education and 15 as vice president for planning and research.

At a meeting in April, the Joint Board of Trustees - a collective of all College and Seminary trustees - awarded McDermott emeritus status at both the College and the Seminary in recognition of his sustained and significant contributions to the institutions.

"We will all miss his leadership, his intellectual courage, and his collegiality," said Ervin J. Rokke, Moravian College president. "John has been a valued member of my senior staff, conducting valuable institutional research and providing outstanding leadership throughout our 'Commission on the Future' and other strategic planning processes."

The College recently announced the appointment of Dr. Ann K. Stehney as director of planning and research. In that role, Stehney will coordinate and continue to refine the strategic planning, institutional research, and assessment activities of the College and Seminary.

Stehney taught as a visiting professor in our Department of Mathematics at Moravian during the past academic year. "Dr. Stehney brings most impressive credentials and experience to her new position at Moravian," said Ervin J. Rokke, Moravian College president. "Her extensive work in higher education has included strategic planning, development and assessment of academic programs, institutional research, evaluation of teaching effectiveness, and student recruitment and retention. In more than three decades of teaching, research, and administration in higher education, she has served as a faculty member, department chair, academic dean, and applied mathematician."

Stehney came to Moravian last year from Cedar Crest College, where she was dean of the faculty. Her other distinguished appointments include that of associate dean of Douglass College at Rutgers from 1994 to 2000; research staff member at the Center for Communications Research in Princeton, a division of the Institute for Defense Analyses, from 1983 to 1994; and professor of mathematics and Department Chair during 15 years of service at Wellesley College.
Stehney earned her bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Bryn Mawr College. She received her doctorate in mathematics from State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu.