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Trustees okay four appointments in student affairs

Oct. 8, 1999

KALAMAZOO -- Four staff appointments in Western Michigan University's Division of Student Affairs were approved by the WMU Board of Trustees at its meeting Oct. 7.

The board okayed the appointments of: Sally Cowles, M.D., as a physician in the Sindecuse Health Center, effective July 19; Kathleen Kanz as director of the Residence Life Office, effective July 1; Victor J. Manzon as director of alcohol and other drug prevention, effective Aug. 30; and Scott P. Musial, R.Ph., as acting director of the Sindecuse Health Center, effective June 14.

Trustees also approved the resignation of Terry L. Baxter, M.D., as director of the Sindecuse Health Center, effective Aug. 2.

Cowles is serving as WMU's first occupational health physician. In this capacity, she supervises existing personnel and programs related to the occupational health of WMU employees, including the Workers Compensation and Early Return to Work programs. Cowles also works with the Health Management Committee to prevent work-related injuries and spends a portion of her time seeing patients in Sindecuse's urgent care clinic.

She comes to WMU from the Amoco Corp., where she had been Chemical Sector medical director for Atlanta and Western Europe since 1993. Prior to that, she held several faculty positions with the University of Texas' Medical School and School of Public Health, spent nearly a decade with the Shell Oil Co. in Houston directing its epidemiology program, headed the occupational health branches of two regional medical centers for the U.S. Navy, and served as epidemiology coordinator of the Division of Lung Disease for the National Institutes of Health.

Cowles received a bachelor's degree from Stanford University, a doctor of medicine degree from the University of Michigan, a master of public health degree in epidemiology from U of M, and a doctor of public health degree in epidemiology from U of M.

Kanz is the director of the Residence Life Office, which merged recently with what had been the Residence Hall Facilities Office. The merger combined residence hall programming and facilities management under a single unit and refocused the Residence Life Office on student learning and personal development.

Kanz comes to WMU from Northcentral Technical College in Wausau, Wis., where she had been a psychology instructor and active in curriculum development since 1995. She was on the staff of Western Kentucky University from 1991 to 1994, serving as area coordinator for 2,000 residence hall students and concurrently teaching as well as holding counseling and advising positions such as interim sexual assault officer and coordinator of student staff issues. In addition, Kanz was a residence hall director at Southeast Missouri State University from 1987 to 1991.

She received a bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and a master of arts in psychological counseling from Southeast Missouri State University.

Manzon is directing the newly created department called Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention and also serves as chairperson of the University's Alcohol Issues Advisory Board and a related student advisory board. The new department, which primarily focuses on students, coordinates all facets of WMU's alcohol and other drug prevention and early intervention strategies as well as efforts to reduce inappropriate and heavy drinking.

Manzon comes to WMU from Gateway, a dependency treatment center in Kalamazoo, where he had been director of outpatient services since 1992. A licensed certified social worker in Michigan, he brings 27 years of counseling, mental health and dependency treatment experience to his new post.

His background includes work as administrative director of PsychCare at Central Michigan Community Hospital in Mt. Pleasant, Mich., private practice in Ann Arbor, Mich. He also has served in a variety of counseling and supervisory positions in Illinois, Vermont and Colorado. These positions include that of rehabilitation program supervisor for the Lake County Health Department's Alcohol Treatment Center in Waukegan, Ill., and director of the alcohol program at Southwest Denver Community Health Services Inc.

Manzon received two degrees from Wayne State University and Merrill-Palmer Institute in Detroit, a bachelor's degree and a master of arts in human development and family relations.

Musial is serving as acting health center director in addition to his current duties as chief of pharmacy while a search is conducted for a director. In his new post, Musial oversees Sindecuse's operations and procedures and serves as chairperson of WMU's Health Management Committee, which develops and implements health-management and cost-containment strategies for the University community.

He joined WMU in 1997 as the health center's chief pharmacist and took on the additional duties of chief operating officer this past January. Musial was president and chief executive officer as well as managing pharmacist of Constantine Pharmacy Inc. in Constantine, Mich., from 1989 to 1998. In addition, he has worked at Pharmacia & Upjohn in Kalamazoo as a quality control chemist and as a quality assurance professional.

Musial received a bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan and a master of science degree in pharmacy from the University of Texas-Austin.

Media contact: Jeanne Baron, 616 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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