Another vice president exits university
Foley 3rd person on cabinet to go
Butler Eagle
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May 1, 2013
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Constance Foley, vice president for student life at SRU, will retire May 13.

SLIPPERY ROCK — More administrative changes are coming at Slippery Rock University.

Constance Foley, vice president for student life, will retire May 13.

She is the third member of the seven-member university cabinet, which is made up of top university administrators that advises the president, to leave SRU this year. These personnel moves have taken place under SRU President Cheryl Norton, who started at SRU in July, replacing retired President Robert Smith.

Although retiring, Foley said she has applied for a number of jobs. She said she could not comment on whether her retirement was voluntary.

Foley, 64, of Slippery Rock Township started at SRU in 2006. She replaced Bob Watson. It was not clear who will serve in the position in the interim before a replacement is found.

Before working at SRU, Foley was the assistant vice president for student affairs at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Fla.

On April 15 SRU announced that Charles Curry, vice president for finance and administration and one-time acting university president, will resign Friday. He had served in that position since 1988, and started at SRU in 1986.

SRU will do a national search for Curry’s replacement. Until then, Molly Mercer, assistant vice president for finance, will serve in the interim.

Earlier this year, Bill Williams, provost and vice president for academic affairs, retired. He had been at SRU since 1981 and had served as provost since 2003.

He has been replaced by Philip Way.

Williams, 67, indicated in 2012 that he would retire within about a year.

In an e-mail, Norton said that there will be several new programs coming to SRU, but she did not answer questions about Curry and Foley leaving or any other changes.

SRU trustee Josh Young, past president of the SRU council of trustees, said that he does not know much about changes at the cabinet level. He said that Norton entirely oversees vice presidents and that the trustees have no say in that matter.

Three other people remain on the cabinet.

Barbara Ender, vice president for university advancement, started at SRU in 2007. She replaced Bob Mollenhauer, who took a job as vice president for resource development at Roanoke College in Salem, Va.

Rita Abent, executive director of public relations, came to SRU in 2006. She replaced Ross Feltz, who took a position with St. Francis College near Altoona.

Tina Moser, assistant to the SRU president since 2004, also serves on the cabinet.