Pembrook announced as new Washburn VPAA

Russell Pembrook takes over the vacant Washburn Vice President of Academic Affairs position Jan. 18, 2011. He was one of four finalists for the position.

Press Release

Washburn University President Jerry Farley announces the appointment of Randall G. Pembrook as vice president for academic affairs.

“I am delighted Dr. Pembrook, who has a solid breadth and depth of experience, is joining Washburn in this extremely important position,” said President Farley. “Washburn is poised to make dramatic improvements as we begin implementing a challenging, but achievable, strategic plan. Dr. Pembrook has the qualifications to provide the leadership needed for us to succeed as we approach our 150th anniversary.”

Currently a special assistant to the president for accreditation and academic affairs at Baker University, Pembrook served for three years as Baker’s executive vice president and provost, the chief academic officer for Baker’s College of Arts and Sciences, School of Education, School of Nursing and School of Professional and Graduate Studies. In addition, he is currently assisting the president of Baker as co-chairman of the Higher Learning Commission Self-Study Process. Since joining Baker in 2007, he has held the title of professor of music/education and in 2009 he was also appointed interim vice president for enrollment management and financial aid.  From 2001-07, he was dean of the Conservatory of Music and Dance at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where he also held the positions of associate dean of the conservatory (1993-95, 1997-2001), chairman of the music education/music therapy division (1987-93, 1996) and Conservatory faculty chairman (1991-93).

Pembrook holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in piano performance/music education from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville and a doctorate in music education from Florida State University.

“I am so excited to become a part of Washburn. The people and programs at the university are very impressive, and wonderful opportunities for further distinction exist throughout the institution,” Pembrook said. “As I prepare to transition, I am grateful to Baker University for providing past leadership opportunities that will serve me in Topeka and look forward to meeting and working with all of Washburn’s faculty, staff, students, administrators and community partners.”

He will begin at Washburn Jan. 18, 2011.