Shank to Retire After 2017-18 Academic Year

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Muskingum University Athletic Director, Larry Shank, will retire following the 2017-18 academic year.

Shank is currently in his 16th year as the head of Fighting Muskies athletics.

During Shank’s tenure, multiple upgrades have been made to the Muskingum’s athletic facilities, including adding a turf field to Sherman Field. In 2017, a second turf field was added to Muskingum’s campus, becoming the primary home field for soccer and lacrosse.

Shank said he is “grateful” to have had the opportunity to be Muskingum’s athletic director.

“Throughout the years, it’s been a privilege to represent the University to the OAC and NCAA, and extremely rewarding to work alongside our exceptional student-athletes, coaches and administrators,” said Shank. “I will always cherish these relationships and my time as athletic director.”

From 2016-2017, two video boards were added to athletic venues such as the Anne C. Steele Center and the North Athletic Turf Field to enhance the fan experience at Fighting Muskies games.

Under Shank, mens and womens lacrosse programs were added to the intercollegiate offerings.

Since arriving in New Concord, Shank has held multiple positions in the Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC), including being president of the OAC during the 2012-13 academic year.

Shank began his career in athletics in 1974 as a graduate assistant coach at Western Michigan University. Prior to joining Muskingum, Shank was the head football coach at Heidelberg University, but came to New Concord to be closer to family.

“I couldn’t think of a better place to come,” said Shank, “because the Village of New Concord, the history of Muskingum University…it was just the right step at the right time of my career.”

OAC Commissioner Tim Gleason said Shank will be missed.

“The (OAC) is better off today because Larry has been in our family for all these years,” said Gleason.

Shank’s last official day as athletic director will be June 30, 2018. The national search for Shank’s replacement will begin immediately.

For more information on Shank’s retirement, watch Andrew Dunlap’s exclusive interview with Muskingum’s athletic director on Orbit TV’s sports program, The Final Lap.

Muskingum University Selects New Provost

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Dr. Nancy Evangelista has been chosen to be Muskingum University’s Provost beginning Jan. 1, 2018.

Evangelista said one of the most impressive things about Muskingum is the level of student involvement.

“Not all campuses can come together to work on shared goals so quickly and with such enthusiasm as Muskingum does,” said Evangelista. “…I was impressed with the substantial involvement of students as members of the Provost search committee and as full participants in the process. This is a powerful statement that at Muskingum, it’s about the students.”

The Provost position was created to oversee both academic affairs and student involvement on campus. Dr. Rick Nutt has held the position of Interim Provost until a replacement was found.

Muskingum President Susan S. Hasseler said she is “delighted” to have Evangelista as Provost.

“Dr. Evangelista’s proven leadership skills, passion for student success, and innovative perspective on curriculum will help Muskingum continually move forward,” said Hasseler.

Dr. Nancy Evangelista has been selected to become Muskingum University's Provost, starting Jan. 1, 2018. Evangelista is currently the Associate Provost and Dean of the College of Professional Studies at Alfred University in Alfred, NY. (Photo Credit: Amanda Mlikan).
Dr. Nancy Evangelista has been selected to become Muskingum University’s Provost, starting Jan. 1, 2018. Evangelista is currently the Associate Provost and Dean of the College of Professional Studies at Alfred University in Alfred, NY. (Photo Credit: Amanda Mlikan).

Evangelista said she was impressed by the amount of collaboration and teamwork between faculty and students during her campus visits.

“There is an excitement and an eagerness around the future of Muskingum University which is invigorating and inspiring,” said Evangelista.

Evangelista earned her Master of Science and Doctorate of Philosophy in School Psychology at Syracuse University after earning her Bachelor of Science in Special Education from Western Michigan University.

Evangelista is a licensed psychologist in the State of New York and a member of the Council of Graduate Schools and American Psychological Association.

“While doing my education fieldwork and student teaching,” said Evangelista, “I was drawn to the students who created challenges with their learning or behavior.”

Evangelista said the psychology field allows for a variety of interactions between students and teachers, something that will play into her role as Provost.

“The field provides opportunities to work with students, parents, and teachers, in one-on-one, small group, and consultation roles,” said Evangelista.

Evangelista comes to Muskingum with her husband, Joe. The two have three adult children – Nicholas, Emma, and Jessmynda.

Evangelista is currently Associate Provost and Dean of the College of Professional Studies at Alfred University in Alfred, NY.