UPDATED June 16, 2017 — Three high-ranking Lindenwood officials have resigned this summer, officials confirmed this week. They are Vice President of Enrollment Joe Parisi, Director of Day Admissions Kristen Revis and Dean of the School of Education Cynthia Bice.
On Wednesday afternoon, Parisi’s office in the Welcome Center contained only a stack of boxes and a waist-high suitcase marked with the golden Lindenwood logo.
Parisi, who had worked at Lindenwood for 19 years, has agreed to take a position as the vice president for enrollment management at Central Methodist University in Fayette, Missouri.
Parisi could not be reached for comment, but in an interview with the Fayette Advertiser, he said he was “excited to become part of the innovation, growth and forward motion happening at Central Methodist.”
He is scheduled to start his new position July 1.
Scott Queen, public relations director at Lindenwood, said Parisi “did an incredible job at Lindenwood, and we wish him the best. Lindenwood’s moving forward, and we’ve got a great team, and we’re looking forward to great things out of the new team.”
Revis, who also resigned this month, declined via email to comment.
Queen said Lucy Cohen was introduced as the interim director of day admissions on Monday by President Michael Shonrock and Assistant Vice President of Enrollment Management Sara Wiedman. Cohen has served Lindenwood as a coordinator for enrollment management prospects at the Welcome Center.
It’s unclear who will replace Parisi. The resignations came after two semesters of decreased enrollment at Lindenwood and a national trend of low enrollment that has been affecting universities for several years. Enrollment dropped about 5 percent across all Lindenwood campuses during the last school year, according to a January article in Lindenlink. It’s unclear if the resignations were related to the decline.
In addition to the changes in the Admissions Office, Bice announced her retirement as dean of the School of Education. The announcement came during a faculty meeting in late May, according to Lindenwood Digest. She taught at Lindenwood for 11 years.
Her accomplishments include the launch of a research study called the Future Institute and writing the proposal that got Lindenwood approval for an education doctoral program.
“I’ve accomplished the goals I set out to accomplish more than a decade ago,” Bice said in the announcement. “Most importantly, the programs at the School of Education at Lindenwood are sustainable and the teacher education program will continue to be one of the leaders in Missouri and nationally.”
In the report, Marilyn Abbott, provost and vice president for academic affairs, said Joyce Piveral has been hired as an interim dean. Piveral started June 12 and is expected to serve through next June. Before coming to Lindenwood Piveral was dean of the school of education and human services at Northwest Missouri State University where she was responsible for five departments.