BRENHAM, TX - As part of its ongoing reorganization process, Blinn College has named three proven higher education administrators to fill newly-created dean positions.
Dr. Diane Lovell-Osburn has been named dean of Social Sciences, Dr. Marcelo Bussiki was selected as dean of Visual & Performing Arts and Dr. Patricia Westergaard was named dean of Humanities.
The hires represent the first of six dean positions that will supervise the College’s academic divisions. The new, more modern structure will aid Blinn in managing an enrollment that has more than doubled from 8,715 students 20 years ago to 18,413 this semester. The deans will handle administrative duties previously managed by Blinn’s division chairs, assistant division chairs and coordinators, allowing those instructors to spend more time in the classroom.
Lovell served as dean of Houston Baptist University’s College of Arts and Humanities from 2008-12 before coming to Blinn in Fall 2013. Prior to being dean at HBU, she served as associate professor of history from 2003-12 and department chair of History & Political Science from 2006-08. Before completing her PhD, she taught for nine years as a full-time history instructor at Houston Community College then as professor of history at Lone Star College, where she was awarded the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development teaching excellence award, sought out grant opportunities and founded a study abroad program.
Lovell earned her PhD and Master of Arts in history from the University of Houston. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Baylor University.
Bussiki has served as Blinn’s Fine Arts division chair since 2006, providing administrative leadership, supervision and planning to more than 40 faculty members and overseeing curriculum planning, program development, implementation and evaluation.
Bussiki is also music director at Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra. Prior to arriving at Blinn, he spent 11 years as an assistant lecturer at Texas A&M University.
He earned his master’s and doctorate degrees at the University of Houston Moores School of Music and his Bachelor of Arts in Orchestral and Choral Conducting at the University of Rio de Janeiro School of Music.
Since Bussiki became division chair, Blinn-Bryan’s Fine Arts Division has more than doubled in size from about 1,800 students to more than 4,000, and has introduced new programs such as theater, architecture, interior design and digital art.
Westergaard comes to Blinn from Clarendon College, where she served as dean of Instruction. Prior to that, she taught at John F. Kennedy School in Berlin, Germany and served as assistant dean for Academic Services at Navarro College.
At Clarendon, she supervised the full-time and adjunct instructors on all Clarendon’s campuses and was responsible for the management, supervision and expansion of academic programs. She served as Clarendon’s liaison to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and designed and implemented a learning resource center for all students.
Westergaard earned her Doctor of Education degree from Texas A&M – Commerce and her Masters of Education from the University of North Texas. She earned her bachelor’s at Abilene Christian University.
Blinn’s academic transfer rate is the highest in the state and its tuition and fees average about one-third the cost of the same classes at most Texas four-year public universities. In addition to its campuses in Brenham, Bryan, Schulenburg and Sealy, the College teaches online courses, dual credit for high school and prepares students for quick employment through its career and technical certification programs.
Registration for the Spring semester is open through Jan. 12. For enrollment information and to learn about financial aid opportunities, visit: http://www.blinn.edu