Maryville College names new Dean, announces changes in other offices

November 21, 2002

Maryville College recently announced several changes and additions in its administration.

On Nov. 13, Dr. Robert Naylor was named Vice President and Dean of the College. Naylor, who has taught chemistry courses at the College since 1975 and chaired the College’s Natural Science Division from 1990 until 2001, was appointed Interim Vice President and Dean by Maryville College President Dr. Gerald W. Gibson last July.

Gibson made the announcement to faculty and staff members “with great pleasure,” explaining that “… The pleasure comes from the knowledge, gained over the months of [Naylor’s] interim appointment, of Bob’s character, affable manner and attitude of goodwill.

“The confidence comes from recognition of his experience and accomplishments as a teacher and administrator, his talents, his values, his understanding of and commitment to this College, and his impressive work habits,” the president continued.

Naylor was the very first Chair of the Faculty and holds the record for years of service in that position, serving from 1987 until 1990 and again during the 1992-1993 academic year. He also chaired the Steering Committee for the recent MC Window of Opportunity planning process. He has chaired the Planning and Budget Advisory Committee of the College since 1996.

Gibson went on to thank members of the Dean Search Committee and Chairperson Dr. Peggy Cowan, who recommended Naylor for the position after researching many options and gathering input from the College’s faculty and staff members.

This month, the College also announced changes in the College’s Admissions and Advancement Offices. Mark Cate has been named Vice President for Advancement and Admissions. Cate, formerly the Vice President for College Advancement and Planning, will continue to head the College’s fund-raising and marketing efforts but will add oversight in the areas of student recruitment and financial assistance.

Rick Ziegler, the former Vice President and Dean for Enrollment, has been named Director of Strategic Initiatives. In this new position, he will provide leadership for developing initiatives and tracking the progress of the MC Window of Opportunity plan.

Ned Willard, who was the College’s Director of Development, has been promoted to the position of Assistant Vice President for Admissions. Jason McNeal, the former Director of Annual Giving, has been promoted to the position of Assistant Vice President for Development and Alumni Affairs, leading many of the initiatives and programs formerly overseen by Willard.

“The new MC Window of Opportunity Plan sets forth a number of ambitious objectives for the College, among them a growth in enrollment of about 20 percent and a significant enhancement in the Maryville reputation over the next five years,” Gibson said. “I am convinced that this restructuring holds the greatest promise for the continued progress of the College, and I am grateful to all concerned for their willingness to accept the new assignments.”

The personnel changes in the Admissions and Advancement offices, as well as the appointment of the Vice President and Dean, are all subject to Board approval, which is expected in the very near future.

Also announced by administrators is a restructuring in the College’s Communications Office, formerly known as the Office of Public Relations. With the College’s Advancement and Admissions offices now headed by one vice president, the Communications Office will concentrate more of its efforts on student recruitment and marketing.

The Communications Office is headed by Communications Director Karyn Adams, who joined the staff in August. Adams most recently worked as the Director of Corporate Web Development and Interactive Media for Internet Pictures Corporation (iPIX). While there, she was responsible for directing and managing a worldwide creative and technical team of more than 20 employees; coordinating public relations efforts with local and national firms; and strategizing, producing, writing, editing and maintaining a corporate web site of 3,000 pages that focused on marketing directives and company branding.

Adams, a native of Kingsport, Tenn., attended Agnes Scott College in Georgia and graduated summa cum laude from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville with a bachelor of arts degree in English and creative writing.

“Karyn brings a great deal of experience, energy and enthusiasm to this position,” Cate said. “We are fortunate to have her join and lead an already outstanding group of professionals in the Communications Office.”


Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state's third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the fall 2014 semester is 1,213.