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Computer Scientist Named Vice President of Shenandoah University

June 10, 2013

Adrienne G. Bloss (Ph.D. 1989, Computer Science), associate dean for academic affairs and institutional relations and professor of computer science at Roanoke College, has been named vice president for academic affairs at Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia. Selected from pool of more than 125 applicants, Bloss will begin her new position in July.

I owe much to Yale, but am most indebted to my adviser, Paul Hudak, whose intellect, compassion, and love of life were so influential for me,” Bloss says. “I know that Paul continues to provide outstanding guidance for the many students whose lives he touches daily.”

Bloss was a American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow at Shenandoah during the 2010-11 school year, focusing on budget process, institutional advancement, and institutional identity and visiting campuses across the country. ACE Fellows are chosen by The American Council on Education for showing great promise for administrative advancement and significant future leadership contributions to higher education.

My ACE fellowship gave me a broader understanding of the landscape of higher education and of how individuals and institutions can contribute to the educational challenges we face as a nation and a world,” she says. “It also gave me the opportunity to get to know Shenandoah – its core values, its history, its programs and, most importantly, its people.”

At Roanoke, Bloss was instrumental in the development of a new college-wide honors program and the significant expansion of the national scholarship program. She oversaw general education as well as curricular and faculty development, and led the implementation of a new general education curriculum in 2009. In 2006, she completed the Management Development Program at Harvard University.