Viterbo Welcomes New Academic Vice President
The Viterbo community welcomed new academic vice president Barbara Gayle to campus in June. Gayle succeeds Jack Havertape and interim academic vice president Wayne Wojciechowski in the position.
Gayle had previously served as the vice president of academic affairs and as a professor of business at Saint Martin’s University in Lacey, Wash. She earned a graduate degree from the University of Portland and a doctorate from the University of Oregon.
Viterbo is everything for which she was searching, she said.
“I was looking for a student-centered university that served a large number of first generation students,” Gayle said, herself a first generation student. “I was impressed with the institution, the facilities, and the quality of the education offered. Plus, the Viterbo community really seemed to care about the students and their learning. I think that having a passion to provide a quality education for students is the hallmark of any great institution like Viterbo.”
Gayle was a non-traditional student, earning her undergraduate degree at age 34. She studied while watching her children at “roller rinks and baseball games,” she said. She enjoys teaching a great deal, and plans to eventually teach a class at Viterbo.
“Exposure to students and the classroom will make me a better administrator,” she said. “I also plan to be active in student life—attending plays, concerts, and other events. I don’t want to be a person who just sits in an office.”
One principle will guide her decisions, she said. “What is the best interest of students? All else will follow.”