Walsh Named Dean of School of Adult Learning and New Initiatives
Milwaukee, (April 12, 2021) – Meghan Walsh, MBA, has been appointed dean of the School of Adult Learning and New Initiatives (SALNI) at Alverno College, Joseph Foy, Ph.D., vice president for Academic Affairs, announced Monday. She will assume the role on May 3.
Walsh, who has served as Alverno’s director of Alumnae Relations since 2018 and, most recently, as interim associate dean of SALNI, will establish relationships with Milwaukee-area business partners and external stakeholders, identify regional workforce needs, and work with faculty to develop new programs that address these needs.
“Meghan has a deep understanding and respect for the abilities-based curriculum and feedback-based assessment model of an Alverno education,” said Foy. “Her proven success with building connections and advancing the Alverno College mission in innovative and collaborative ways means that she will hit the ground running.”
“I am a life-long Milwaukeean and am extremely energized by the opportunity to support my neighbors as learners and address our community’s workforce needs,” Walsh said. “I first came to Alverno as an adult learner and my experience was transformational so I’m excited to build new partnerships and deepen existing relationships that will benefit our college, adult learners and local organizations.”
Launched in 2017, the School of Adult Learning and New Initiatives was designed to be a responsive, flexible, interdisciplinary entity to complement Alverno’s other three schools. It’s the college’s principal hub for innovation, and it houses degree completion programs, two-year and online degree programs, and stackable offerings including certificates, digital badges and professional development offerings. SALNI serves a diverse array of learners: baccalaureate, graduate and associate degree students, as well as professionals seeking to update their skills.
Walsh is a doctoral candidate at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. Her dissertation focuses on student experience and the impact that a sense of belonging has on persistence and graduation, particularly for first-generation and non-traditional adult learners.
About Alverno College
Founded in 1887 by the School Sisters of St. Francis, Alverno College promotes the academic, personal and professional development of its students in a collaborative and inclusive environment. Undergraduate programs for women are offered in more than 60 areas of study, and graduate programs in education, nursing, community psychology, school psychology, music therapy, music and liturgy, and business are open to women and men.
A leader in higher education innovation, Alverno has earned international accolades for its highly effective ability-based, assessment-as-learning approach to education, which emphasizes hands-on experience and develops in-demand skills. The college, Wisconsin’s first Hispanic-Serving Institution, ranks among the top schools in the Midwest for its commitment to undergraduate teaching and innovation by U.S. News & World Report. For the past two years, The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education named Alverno the country’s most inspiring college.
Based in Milwaukee, Wis., Alverno College is a four-year independent, Catholic, liberal arts college.