Friday, September 19, 2014
Latest News from April 2014    

Dear faculty, staff, and students,

I’d like to let everyone know about a number changes in leadership we’ve had in the last couple of months. I am excited about these moves, and I think we’re going to see some great things from these people in their new positions.

David Todt – new Chief Administrative Officer

David is taking the reins as CAO from Dr. David Streid, who is taking a leave of absence from the University (see below). His background prepares him perfectly for this new role.

David graduated from the University in 1982 with a degree in business, completing TTC as part of his degree. After that, he was involved in a number of business ventures in several different industries.

He started working for the University at the end of 1985. He worked as Assistant to the President and later, in the 1990s, as Treasurer. He spent three years working with Dr. Morris and other international Movement leaders on international projects.

Between 1998 and 2010, he oversaw all the new construction on campus, starting with the Dreier Building, which opened in 2000, and ending most recently with the Argiro Student Center.

He then became Vice-President of Expansion, responsible for leading our strategic planning effort as well as helping with the Endowment Campaign.

“Having played a key role in developing the University’s strategic plan and being very excited about our growth opportunities, I’m thrilled now to be part of the leadership in organizing the resources and guiding the expansion that we envisioned in the strategic plan. We are growing and expanding, and our future looks fantastic. I’m really happy and honored to be a part of it."

Ellen Jones – new Chief Lean and Sustainability Officer

We created this new position to support Ellen’s passion for making the University as streamlined, high-performing, employee satisfying, and customer satisfying as possible.

Ellen became a faculty member in 1979, teaching law and government courses and serving as Associate General Counsel. She assumed various leadership roles — including Dean of External Studies and Co-Dean of MIU College of Natural Law (MUM’s branch campus in Washington, DC) together with her husband, Chris, before taking a multi-year leave to raise their two sons, Jeremy and Benjamin.

Ellen returned to MUM in 2009 as Dean of Student Life, responsible for overseeing the student experience outside the classroom. She also became a member of the Executive Council at that time.

Last year Ellen began working on the Endowment Campaign, reconnecting donors with the University.

She is very enthusiastic about her new position:

“I look forward to working with my colleagues on faculty and staff, as well as our students, trustees, and benefactors, to identify ways to make the University more efficient, financially self-sufficient, and excellent in every way.”

Tom Brooks – Vice-President of Expansion

Tom is back, and he has taken over for David Todt as VP of Expansion. His special focus: expanding the academic programs with high growth prospects — particularly new master’s degree programs such as the David Lynch MA in Film, and the MA in Sustainable Living that we hope to begin this fall. He is also the Executive Council member overseeing our distance education initiatives.

Tom has done so many things at the University. He worked as project manager for Physical Plant, helped oversee construction for the Taste of Utopia Assembly, helped supervise the construction of the Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment building, served as deputy chair of the 7000 Council, served as assistant to Dr. Morris at MERU in Holland, co-founded MUM Organic Farms, and served two tenures as the University’s Chief Administrative Officer and later as Chief Operating Officer. He took two leaves from the University, first to supervise the renovation of the Movement’s 70 Broad Street building in Manhattan, and then to serve as Chief Operating Officer at the Maharishi Vedic Pandit Campus.

Tom will also work with Ellen Jones as a member of the Lean Steering Committee and Campus Sustainability Committee.

Tom says:

“Being back at Maharishi University of Management is like a dream come true. The ideal routine and the Golden Domes and so many wonderful friends make each day a blissful experience. I see so many positive changes that have taken place in the two years I have been away, and now I get a chance to help grow the University even more toward the vision we all share. Jai Guru Dev”

Mary King – new Registrar

Mary is taking over as Registrar for Tom Rowe, who will remain in the Enrollment Center doing more strategic work (see below).

Mary has also served the University in a number of important capacities. In the 1970s, while pursuing her Masters in Educational Administration, she was the Personnel Director and later the Assistant Registrar. In the 1980s she worked with the faculty to help create our MBA program. For several years in the 1990s she was the assistant director of Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment in the Radiance community in Austin, Texas. From 2008 to 2011 she was an administrator in Student Life, where, among other duties, she served as the First-Year Program academic coordinator. Since 2011 she has worked in the Enrollment Center, as the transcripts officer and graduation director. She helped oversee the transition of academic advising from the Enrollment Center to the various academic departments, including training faculty to be academic advisors. Mary received an MA in Education from the University in 1989.

Mary says:

“I'm excited about the opportunity to further improve the Enrollment Center's customer service, help increase student retention, and support our staff. I'm also looking forward to working with the faculty to realize the goals Maharishi established for this University — a Consciousness-Based university.”

Tom Rowe – Enrollment Center

Tom will remain in the Enrollment Center but in a more strategic role. He will also focus on bringing the Enrollment Center services more fully online to better serve both Fairfield and distance education students. He will also assist Mary King with administrative duties and reporting functions. 

Tom Rowe arrived in Fairfield in 1980 to help create coherence, as the men's Dome was still being built. He worked in several early Sidha businesses before joining the University in 1986. Tom first served as Financial Aid Award Officer when Student Services were still in Verrill Hall and Registrations were still in the Fieldhouse. 

Tom earned a staff scholarship to attend TTC in 1989 and taught the Transcendental Meditation technique in California and Kansas City for three years with his wife Dorothy before returning to MUM in 1993 to serve as Director of Financial Aid. After ten years Tom moved across to the Enrollment Center to serve as Registrar for the last ten years. 

Tom says:

"I have enjoyed serving our students and faculty so much over all these years. There is such a profound joy in working for this University and seeing the development of consciousness day by day among all those who are lucky enough to be here together in this special place."

Yali Jiang – Director of Student Accounts

Yali first came to us in 2010. She was an intern student in the MBA program and worked as the office manager of the Art Department for a year and a half. She spent another year and a half as Assistant Director of Student Activities, then moved to the Enrollment Center, where she worked as the Assistant Director of student accounts for about six months. Then, last October, she became our Director of Student Accounts.

Yali was already an outstanding student when she arrived. She had earned a BA in business administration from Capital University of Economics and Business in China, where she earned the Excellent Student Award in 2008 — and in 2010 received the Outstanding Student of the Year Award from our Management Department. She holds an MBA in sustainable business and a Lean Accounting Certificate from MUM.

About working at MUM, Yali says:

"It’s a place that I can explore my potential and talents and give back to humanity."

Dan Wasielewski – Enrollment Center – Financial Aid Office

We’re also so happy to have Dan back at the University, working in the Financial Aid office as a Financial Aid Award Officer.

Dan first came to MIU way back in October 1975 and worked in a variety of departments and leadership positions: Student Accounts, Associate Controller, Administrative Assistant, Student Financial Aid Director, Food Services Director, Student Affairs Council, Human Resources Director. In 1987 he earned his MBA degree from MUM.

In 1995 he took on the job of managing hotels and other Movement properties in cities around the US — Hartford, Dallas, Atlanta, Chicago, Lancaster, and Antrim (New Hampshire). He also spent time in Vlodrop, Boone, and several other countries on various Movement projects.

For the last four years Dan worked at the Maharishi Vedic Pandit campus in Maharishi Vedic City.

Dan has been working full-time for the Movement since 1975. He says:

“The fastest path of evolution always leads to MUM.”

Dr. David Streid

As I mentioned, Dave is taking a leave from the University. He has been at Maharishi University of Management as a student, faculty member, and administrator, in addition to teaching the Transcendental Meditation program in the field for many years and being on Purusha for a number of years as well.

He came here first as an undergraduate student in the 1970s, earning a degree in mathematics and going on to earn a PhD in mathematics from the University of Illinois. He returned as a faculty member in the mathematics department and then was named Chief Administrative Officer in 2004.

Along with all the responsibilities of this position, he was a major force in building the Argiro Student Center, helping design and equip the kitchen. He also led the way with our campus master planning process and oversaw all the campus renovation projects of the last few years.

He has been a quiet, powerful force in the University for years. We wish him all the best during his leave.


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