faculty, staff, and students,
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
then became Vice-President of Expansion, responsible for leading our
strategic planning effort as well as helping with the Endowment
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
created this new position to support Ellen’s passion for making the University as streamlined, high-performing, employee satisfying, and customer satisfying
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.
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.
year Ellen began working on the Endowment Campaign, reconnecting
donors with the University.
is very enthusiastic about her new position:
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.
will also work with Ellen Jones as a member of the Lean Steering
Committee and Campus Sustainability Committee.
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
is taking over as Registrar for Tom Rowe, who will remain in the
Enrollment Center doing more strategic work (see below).
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
Yali Jiang – Director
of Student Accounts
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
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.
working at MUM, Yali says:
a place that I can explore my potential and talents and give back to
Dan Wasielewski –
Enrollment Center – Financial Aid Office
also so happy to have Dan back at the University, working in the
Financial Aid office as a Financial Aid Award Officer.
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.
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
the last four years Dan worked at the Maharishi Vedic Pandit campus
in Maharishi Vedic City.
has been working full-time for the Movement since 1975. He says:
fastest path of evolution always leads to MUM.”
Dr. David Streid
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.
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.
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.
has been a quiet, powerful force in the University for years. We wish him all the best during his leave.