Wilkes University

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 abel.adekola@wilkes.edu
Kimberly Bower-Spence ex-officio non-voting  Executive Director, Marketing  kimberly.bowerspence@wilkes.edu
Ruth Hughes Co-chair Assistant Professor/Chair, Finance Accounting and Management ruth.hughes@wilkes.edu
Amanda Imbalzano non-voting Student Member amanda.imbalzano@wilkes.edu
Kenneth Klemow   Professor/Chair, Biology kenneth.klemow@wilkes.edu
Fanhui Kong   Associate Professor, Math and Computer Science fanhui.kong@wilkes.edu
Countney Lomax ex-officio non-voting Director Budget - Analysis  countney.lomax@wilkes.edu
Prahlad Murthy   Interim Dean, College of Science and Engineering  prahlad.murthy@wilkes.edu
Julia Panzitta ex-officio non-voting Assistant Director Institutional Research  julia.panzitta@wilkes.edu
Nicole Pezzino   Assistant Professor, Pharmacy Practice  nicole.pezzino@wilkes.edu
Rhonda Rabbit   Dean, School of Education rhonda.rabbit@wilkes.edu
Paul Riggs   Dean, College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences paul.riggs@wilkes.edu
Edward Schicatano   Professor, Psychology  edward.schicatano@wilkes.edu
John Stachacz   Dean, Library and IT john.stachacz@wilkes.edu
Scott Stolte   Dean, Nesbitt School of Pharmacy  scott.stolte@wilkes.edu
Steven Thomas Co-chair Professor /Chair, Preforming Arts steven.thomas@wilkes.edu
Thomas Thomas    Dean, University College thomas.thomas@wilkes.edu
Terese Wignot ex-officio non-voting Senior Vise President/Provost terese.wignot@wilkes.edu
Linda Winkler   Professor Anthropology  linda.winkler@wilkes.edu
Deborah Zbegner   Dean, School of Nursing  deborah.zbegner@wilkes.edu