December 9, 2021
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Dr. Lisa Olenik Dorman Appointed Dean
Montgomery, Ala.— Huntingdon College President J. Cameron West has announced the appointment of Dr. Lisa Olenik Dorman as Dean of Academic Enrichment. Dr. Dorman currently serves as professor of sport science, director of academic disability services, and director of the Huntingdon Ability Sport Network. Her appointment is effective January 1.
Dr. Dorman will spearhead an enhanced student success program at the College’s Staton Center for Learning Enrichment, which will be renamed the Staton Center for Academic Enrichment, working with an expanded staff to develop students’ academic success skills, as well as providing academic advising and faculty development in the area of student success. As part of the Center’s expanded portfolio, Dr. Dorman will continue to head academic disability services (to be renamed Access Services) as well as the Ability Sport Network. Huntingdon’s Ability Sport Network is an after-school program that provides adapted sport activities for community children and youth, ages 6–21, who have physical disabilities.
“Dr. Dorman brings a wealth of relevant experience to this position, including having served as the founding director of the Staton Center in 2007,” said President West. “At a time when our students face unprecedented challenges as they begin higher education, I am very happy to appoint her to this important position.”
Dr. Dorman joined the Huntingdon faculty in 1996 and has served as associate dean of academic affairs and interim vice president for academic affairs and dean of the College, among other roles, over the course of her career at Huntingdon. A renowned scholar of disability sport, she has also served on the faculties of Longwood University and Endicott College. She earned her Ph.D. in adapted physical activity and disability sport at the University of Alberta; her Bachelor of Arts in physical education at California State University-Chico; and her master’s degree in physical education and adapted physical education at Western Illinois University.
“Student success has been my passion throughout my career,” said Dr. Dorman. “I look forward to helping our students achieve their full potential both in the classroom and in other aspects of their lives as students and professionals.”
“Dr. Dorman already serves with distinction as a tireless advocate for our students with learning and other disabilities,” said Dr. Tom Perrin, senior vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty. “I am extremely excited to see her bring that same energy to the Staton Center.”
Huntingdon College, founded in 1854, continues a legacy of faith, wisdom, and service through a liberal arts academic tradition grounded in the Judeo-Christian heritage of the United Methodist Church.