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Duquesne University Names Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs

Dr. Helen Sobehart has been appointed associate vice president for academic affairs at Duquesne University.

In her new position, Sobehart will assume supervision of some University-wide services and departments, such as registrar and the Center for Teaching Excellence, on June 5.

Sobehart most recently has led the education initiative at the True North Institute in Pittsburgh, a management consulting firm that helps businesses and non-profit agencies adopt the practices of the Toyota production system.

From 1999 to 2004, Sobehart was director and on the faculty of Duquesne’s Leadership Institute and the Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program for Educational Leaders (IDPEL), a program designed to develop leadership skills in educators and other professionals. The IDPEL program has established branches at Shippensburg University and Mercyhurst College in Erie and, during Sobehart’s tenure, the Leadership Institute attracted more than $1 million in grants and contracts.

These experiences have prepared Sobehart for her new position, according to Dr. Ralph Pearson, Duquesne’s provost and vice president for academic affairs. “Helen has the broad perspective and understanding of the University that is required in a position that will touch on all aspects and areas of academic affairs. I’m also pleased with the sensitivity that she will bring in relating to the diverse individuals whom the office of the provost serves. I see Helen as both a team player and a very effective leader. Finally, I know she is very committed to the mission of Duquesne.”

Sobehart, a former superintendent of the Fox Chapel Area School District, has focused attention on women in administrative education positions. For the past four years, she has edited monographs on women in educational leadership for both the Pennsylvania and the American Associations of School Administrators.

If women’s voices aren’t heard, they lose the chance to influence discussion on leadership issues, Sobehart said. “I hope especially that I can serve as a role model for our women on campus.”

Sobehart received her bachelor’s degree from Slippery Rock University, her master’s in special education from Duquesne and her doctorate from Carnegie Mellon University. She lives in Ohio Township, Allegheny County.

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