Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
As PennWest’s chief academic officer, Engstrom is responsible for assisting the president in achieving the mission, vision, and values of the university. He serves as a strategic leader for the Academic Affairs division through collaboration with other university divisions, serving as a university representative at functions with external constituents and organizations, and creating community relationships.
Senior Associate Provost for Academic Administration
Before his appointment as associate provost, Fisher spent more than 20 years as a professor of politics and legal studies at Edinboro, including six years as chair of the Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice. He also served as PennWest’s interim dean for the college of social sciences and human services, Edinboro's associate provost, and Edinboro’s interim provost and vice president for academic affairs.
Associate Provost for Curriculum and Faculty Development
Wickham moved to his current role after serving as associate dean of PennWest’s College of Natural Sciences and Engineering Technology. A faculty member at California for 20 years, he also served as interim assistant dean of Cal U’s Eberly College of Science and Technology from 2020-2022.
Associate Vice President of Graduate Programs and Online Education
Ikach leads the Graduate Council facilitating graduate program success. In addition, he manages Graduate Assistantships. Working closely with the Academic Deans, Student Outreach and Success, Center for Faculty Excellence, Enrollment, Marketing, and the Instructional Design team he ensures the online learner is provided the support needed for success. He advises the Provost on agreements and policies that directly relate to graduate and online programs.
Associate Vice President for Academic Services and University Registrar
Leveraging both domestic and international experience in higher education, Dr. Gervais is responsible for advising and providing guidance in the Office of the Provost and directly to the Provost. Additionally, he provides leadership for the Office of the Registrar regarding a range of items that relate both directly and indirectly to academic issues and challenges. These items include overseeing the university catalog, curriculum, degree audit, registration, schedule, student academic records, graduation and transfer articulation.
Dean, College of Science, Technology and Business.
As PennWest’s chief academic officer, Fredette is responsible for assisting the president in achieving the mission, vision, and values of the university. She serves as a strategic leader for the Academic Affairs division through collaboration with other university divisions, serving as a university representative at functions with external constituents and organizations, and creating community relationships.
Dean, College of Education, Arts and Humanities
Before being named interim dean of the College of Education, Arts and Humanities, Carden was a faculty member at Edinboro for 20 years. During that time she served for eight years as chair of the Department of English and Philosophy, and she was twice named Scholar of the Year. Carden, who previously taught at SUNY Binghamton and Southeastern Oklahoma State University, is the author of two books and co-editor of a third; a second collection of co-edited essays is under contract.
Dean, Health Sciences and Human Services
Before her appointment as dean, Kelly was a faculty member in Clarion's Department of Nursing for 18 years. During her career at Clarion, she served as department chair and nursing administrator, and she oversaw five programs that spanned the nursing career ladder from the associate to the doctoral level, including Clarion's in-person A.S.N. and B.S.N. degrees and online R.N.-B.S.N., M.S.N. and D.N.P. programs. Kelly also is a certified hospice and palliative care administrator.