RADFORD – Marten L. denBoer, Ph.D., has been named Radford University’s interim provost for the 2022-2023 academic year, effective July 1.
According to Interim President Carolyn “Lyn” Ringer Lepre, Ph.D., the university “worked with The Registry, an agency that assists universities as they seek temporary [interim appointments] for senior leadership positions, and denBoer was selected from a pool of more than 20 candidates.
- Orion Rogers, Ph.D., has served as interim provost and vice president for academic affairs for the last year, stepping in for Lepre, who led the university as interim president during that time. “Rogers’s impending retirement and Lepre’s announcement of her new post as president of Salisbury University in Maryland “created an immediate need to fill the critical role for academic leadership,” according to a statement from the university.
“With the ongoing turnover in Radford’s provost position, Marten brings a wealth of direct experience to the role to assist us through the transition to my presidency,” said Bret Danilowicz, Ph.D., who will become Radford University’s eighth president on July 1. “He has kindly agreed to serve Radford until the search for the permanent provost is complete.”
DenBoer was provost, then special assistant, at DePaul University for six years, and was provost at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, for seven years. His previous leadership experience includes associate provost at Queens College of the City University of New York and physics department chair at Hunter College CUNY.
As provost at DePaul University, denBoer led academic affairs, enrollment management, and student affairs. He oversaw ten colleges that ranged from large multidisciplinary units in the liberal arts and social sciences, science and health, business, and computing and digital media to small conservatories in music and theater.
Radford University has also announced the appointments of two deans: Steven Bachrach, Ph.D., dean of the Artis College of Science and Technology and Stephanie Caulder, Ph.D., dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts
Bachrach comes to Radford after having served as dean of the School of Science at Monmouth University. He will begin his new role at Radford on Aug. 1, 2022.
“I am very excited to join the great community of teacher-scholars and students within the Artis College of Science and Technology,” Bachrach said. “The college is blessed with committed faculty and staff, fantastic teaching and laboratory space, generous alumni, and innovative initiatives to be led by the new leadership of President Bret Danilowicz, Ph.D.”
“Dr. Bachrach has a distinguished record as a teacher, researcher and administrator,” said Rogers, who in addition to serving most recently as interim provost and vice president for Academic Affairs was previously the dean of Artis College. “Dr. Bachrach has published a total of 137 peer-reviewed articles, authored a book in his discipline of computational organic chemistry and directed the research of 55 undergraduate students, eight graduate students, and eight post-doctoral research associates.”
Before beginning his tenure at Monmouth in August 2016, Bachrach served as the assistant vice president for special projects at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, where, during his 17-year career, he was also the Dr. D. R. Semmes Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and a former Department of Chemistry chair.
Bachrach served as editor-in-chief of the Internet Journal of Chemistry for seven years. He has received more than $2 million in grant funding, most notably from the National Science Foundation, American Chemical Society and the Welch Foundation.
Caulder’s term as dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts will begin on Aug. 1. A native of Wilmington, N.C., Caulder also joins Radford as a professor of music. She previously taught music at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP).
In 2020, Caulder received the Distinguished Faculty Award in creative arts at IUP where she served as both chair of the Department of Music and coordinator of graduate studies.
“Dr. Caulder describes administrative work as a calling and a craft, and she considers facilitating the work of faculty and students and helping them to achieve success her favorite part of administration,” said Rogers.
Caulder has been the principal oboist with IUP’s Keystone Wind Ensemble since 2002 and Pennsylvania’s Johnstown Symphony Orchestra since 2014.
In her capacity as a musician, Caulder has appeared alongside such artists as Joshua Bell, Marvin Hamlisch, Mannheim Steamroller, Bernadette Peters, and Frank Sinatra, Jr., and with symphonies from Altoona, Tallahassee, Pensacola, Greensboro, and Wilmington. In October 2015, she toured Russia with the IUP Faculty Woodwind Quintet and presented master classes at the Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory in St. Petersburg and at Moscow’s Wind College.
As an author, Caulder has published articles for the North Carolina Music Educators Journal and the Double Reed, a quarterly magazine.
She is an active member of the College Music Society; Pi Kappa Lambda, the National Association for Music Education; the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association; the International Double Reed Society; and she is a national honorary member of Delta Omicron.
Caulder earned her Doctor of Music in oboe performance from Florida State University in 2005. She received her Master of Music degree in multiple woodwind performance in 2000 and her Bachelor of Arts in Music in 1998, both from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
As dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts, Caulder succeeds Margaret Devaney, whose tenure ran from 2014 until her retirement late last year.