Academic Planning Committee



In pursuit of the Wilkes University mission, the charge of the APC is to serve three functions:

1) To monitor and advise on the shape of the university’s academic portfolio in the context of the university’s strategic plan; and ensure that new programs are consistent with the university’s Mission, Vision and Values as articulated.

2) To advise on the academic and fiscal feasibility of new programs and/or significant existing program changes within the context of the university academic program portfolio mix; and

3) To communicate throughout the university and coordinate academic program portfolio changes by defining, developing, and communicating procedures and criteria for proposals for significant new program additions or changes.

Reports to: Provost, Strategic Planning Committee


APC Co-Chair: Ruth Hughes
Phone: (570) 408-4703

APC Co-Chair: Steven Thomas
Phone: (570) 408-4434


Abel Adekola   Dean, Sidhu School of Business & Leadership
Kimberly Bower-Spence ex-officio non-voting  Executive Director, Marketing
Ruth Hughes Co-chair Assistant Professor/Chair, Finance Accounting and Management
Amanda Imbalzano non-voting Student Member
Kenneth Klemow   Professor/Chair, Biology
Fanhui Kong   Associate Professor, Math and Computer Science
Courtney Lomax ex-officio non-voting Director Budget - Analysis
Prahlad Murthy   Interim Dean, College of Science and Engineering
Julia Panzitta ex-officio non-voting Assistant Director Institutional Research
Nicole Pezzino   Assistant Professor, Pharmacy Practice
Rhonda Rabbit   Dean, School of Education
Paul Riggs   Dean, College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
Edward Schicatano   Professor, Psychology
John Stachacz   Dean, Library and IT
Scott Stolte   Dean, Nesbitt School of Pharmacy
Steven Thomas Co-chair Professor /Chair, Preforming Arts
Thomas Thomas    Dean, University College
Terese Wignot ex-officio non-voting Senior Vice President/Provost
Linda Winkler   Professor Anthropology
Deborah Zbegner   Dean, School of Nursing