Shannon Beets Promoted to Executive Vice President and Provost

Shannon Beets has been promoted to Executive Vice President and Provost by Dr. Lynn Gillette, President of the College.  Beets was appointed on December 1, 2011 and has been working with President Gillette to transition from Vice President of Institutional Effectiveness to her new position and responsibilities over the past month.  As Provost, Beets oversees all academic departments as well as the registrar’s office, graduate and undergraduate admissions, institutional effectiveness, library, and academic support services.

Since 2006, Beets has served in various positions including Registrar, Dean of Enrollment Services, Assistant Provost, Associate Provost for Graduate Programs and, most recently, Vice President of Institutional Effectiveness.  Beets also left Lake Tahoe for two years to run the Las Vegas branch of the Sierra Nevada College campus in her capacity as the Dean of Teacher Education. In 2007, Beets was awarded the Distinguished Service Award at Sierra Nevada College for her work on accreditation. She worked closely with faculty to develop core themes based on the academic mission and is deeply committed to working with the campus community to strengthen and develop the liberal arts, professional preparedness, entrepreneurship and sustainability at the college.
“Over the past six years, Shannon has done extraordinary work. We’ve seen our undergraduate population double in size and greatly improved our student retention rates. She is widely respected among her peers and has earned this new opportunity.  This appointment reflects our ongoing commitment to strengthen academics and focus on our core themes at the College. I have no doubt Shannon will excel in this role, “ Dr. Gillette announced to faculty and staff.
Beets earned a B.A. in Religion and Philosophy from the University of La Verne and an M.A. in Women’s Studies in Religion from Claremont Graduate University.  Prior to Sierra Nevada College, Beets spent 14 years in higher education administration at various institutions.  Concurrent with her administrative career, Beets also taught at the University of La Verne and California State University, Fullerton.
Why did you accept the Provost position?
I accepted the Provost position because I have the utmost respect for the incredible faculty at this college and I want to help them continue the high-engagement, hands-on, active learning they bring to the classroom every day.  I am also deeply dedicated to the core themes at Sierra Nevada College: liberal arts, professional preparedness, entrepreneurship and sustainability.
What are your plans as Provost?
In the next year, I will be working with the undergraduate faculty on the Academic Excellence Initiative. This Initiative focuses on creating academic excellence in critical areas: writing, speaking, critical thinking and visual literacy.  I will be focusing on the growth of graduate programs at Sierra Nevada College. I will work with the graduate faculty to continue to grow our Master of Education in Leadership program and to launch our new Ron Clark Academy concentration in this degree program. I will also be working with Brian Turner and the English faculty to launch the low-residency Master of Fine Arts program in Creative Writing. Finally, I will also be working with the Admissions Team to grow undergraduate enrollments while increasing academic standards.
Why Sierra Nevada College?
Sierra Nevada College is an outstanding college that offers an educational experience like no other. I believe that a student who comes here can become even more than he or she can imagine when they first enroll. We take student potential and turn it into an amazing future.