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Shannon Beets promoted to executive vice president and provost of Sierra Nevada College

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Beets assumes a new role and plans to expand programs, strengthen academics and focus on core themes

(INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev.) – Shannon Beets has been promoted to Executive Vice President and Provost by Dr. Lynn Gillette, President of the College.  Beets was appointed on December 1, 2011 and has been working with President Gillette to transition from Vice President of Institutional Effectiveness to her new position and responsibilities over the past month.  As Provost, Beets oversees all academic departments as well as the registrar’s office, graduate and undergraduate admissions, institutional effectiveness, library, and academic support services.

Since 2006, Beets has served in various positions including Registrar, Dean of Enrollment Services, Assistant Provost, Associate Provost for Graduate Programs and, most recently, Vice President of Institutional Effectiveness.  Beets also left Lake Tahoe for two years to run the Las Vegas branch of the Sierra Nevada College campus in her capacity as the Dean of Teacher Education. In 2007, Beets was awarded the Distinguished Service Award at Sierra Nevada College for her work on accreditation. She worked closely with faculty to develop core themes based on the academic mission and is deeply committed to working with the campus community to strengthen and develop the liberal arts, professional preparedness, entrepreneurship and sustainability at the college.

“Over the past six years, Shannon has done extraordinary work. We’ve seen our undergraduate population double in size and greatly improved our student retention rates. She is widely respected among her peers and has earned this new opportunity.  This appointment reflects our ongoing commitment to strengthen academics and focus on our core themes at the College. I have no doubt Shannon will excel in this role, “ Dr. Gillette announced to faculty and staff.

Beets earned a B.A. in Religion and Philosophy from the University of La Verne and an M.A. in Women’s Studies in Religion from Claremont Graduate University.  Prior to Sierra Nevada College, Beets spent 14 years in higher education administration at various institutions.  Concurrent with her administrative career, Beets also taught at the University of La Verne and California State University, Fullerton.

Sierra Nevada College is a non-profit liberal arts college offering undergraduate and graduate degrees with locations in Lake Tahoe, Las Vegas, Reno and online. The interdisciplinary curriculum emphasizes entrepreneurial thinking, professional preparedness and sustainability. To learn more about Sierra Nevada College, call 775.831.1314 or visit www.sierranevada.edu

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