KU Continuing Education announces administrative changes

LAWRENCE — KU Continuing Education Executive Director Frederick Pawlicki has announced several changes in the administrative structure at KUCE.

Associate Director Gina Cregg has been promoted to senior associate director of KUCE and director of the Center for Professional Education Programs, which provides training to business, law and education professional workforce. Cregg has a master’s degree in accountancy and is currently enrolled in KU’s Higher Education Administration doctoral program. The new position will also work collaboratively with KU Medical Center Continuing Education’s associate dean, Dale Grube and Dr. Elizabeth Wenske, program manager for KUMC bioscience programs.  

Soma Chakrabarti

Soma Chakrabarti currently directs KUCE’s internationally acclaimed Aerospace Short Course Program, in its 35th year as a collaboration of KUCE, the KU School of Engineering and the Department of Aerospace Engineering. Chakrabarti, who holds a doctorate in biochemical engineering, will serve in the expanded role of associate director of KUCE and director of the newly formed Center for Engineering and Interdisciplinary Professional Education (CEIPE), which includes aerospace, engineering management, engineering technology and interdisciplinary engineering short courses, and engineering conferences.

Jim Peters has been named director of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at KU following the retirement of David Wilson. The former director of KUCE’s Academic and Professional Programs, Peters will also direct KUCE’s statewide outreach initiatives. The Osher Institute offers high-quality short courses designed primarily for adults age 50 and older. Last year more than 1,200 participants attended classes at 15 sites across Kansas and Greater Kansas City.

Current KUCE Director of Marketing Kyle Garcia will serve in the expanded capacity of director of marketing and communications and joins the leadership group that reports directly to Pawlicki. Garcia oversees the award-winning marketing component of KUCE, which works to promote the University’s continuing education programs with full-service marketing strategies that include print and web advertising, emerging mobile technology and social media. The KUCE marketing office includes Marketing Illumination, the professionally staffed marketing group open exclusively to KU entities.