Washburn University announced today that it has named Dr. JuliAnn Mazachek as its vice president of academic affairs. Mazachek replaces Dr. Randy Pembrook who left Washburn to accept the position of chancellor at Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville.
The selection of Mazachek came after a national search which attracted applicants from across the country. Three finalists were each brought to campus for two days of interviews and presentations. Mazachek, who has been the interim vice president for academic affairs, was selected after an exhaustive review.
“I am very pleased that JuliAnn has accepted this new challenge,” said Dr. Jerry Farley, president of Washburn University. “She has an extensive knowledge of Washburn and understands both the challenges and opportunities that face us. I think she is an outstanding choice for this critical position leading academic affairs. She has a thorough understanding of the academic community and is totally committed to student success. During the past 8 months, she has shown herself to be a thoughtful, yet decisive leader. JuliAnn has built trust and developed important relationships across the campus. She is an advocate for faculty, has supported our diversity efforts, and encourages initiatives promoting student success.”
Prior to assuming the role of interim vice president of academic affairs, Mazachek served since 2002 as president and CEO of the Washburn University Foundation. The Foundation has more than $185 million in assets and annually provides more than $13 million in support of the university. To ensure a smooth transition of leadership at the foundation, Mazachek will be available until the Foundation determines a succession plan.
Prior to her role at the Washburn University Foundation, Mazachek was dean of the Washburn University School of Business and a professor of accounting. She joined Washburn University in 1992 as assistant professor of accounting after earning her Doctorate in Accounting from the University of Kansas. She also earned her master’s in business administration from the University of Kansas. She earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering management with an emphasis in mechanical engineering from Missouri State University of Science and Technology.
Founded in 1865, Washburn University is a public institution with more than 8 thousand students and a thousand faculty and staff involved in more than 200 academic programs. Washburn’s programs lead to certification, associate, bachelor, master's degree or doctor of nursing practice and juris doctor degrees.
In addition, Washburn Institute of Technology (Washburn Tech) -- a nationally recognized innovator in career and technical education – is also part of the Washburn University family. The dedicated faculty and staff at Washburn Tech serve adult and high school students as well as business and industry participants with career specific training
All programs are offered on either the 160-acre residential campus in the heart of Topeka, KS, or at Washburn Tech’s campus on the West Side retail hub of the city. Washburn University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association and many of the individual programs have additional accreditations.