April 20, 2005
Dr. Mary Leida, dean for advising at Morningside College, and Dr. Steven Nimmo, associate dean for academic affairs at Morningside, were presenters at the 110th annual meeting of the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association held April 9-12, in Chicago, Ill.
“Lessons Learned during a Successful Self-Study” was delivered during the pre-conference workshop on self-study. Leida and Nimmo served as co-chairs of a self-study steering committee at Morningside during the 2004 HLC accreditation review of the college. The presentation focused on how the college addressed the HLC’s recommendations over the past ten years and the steps taken during the self-study and re-accreditation site visit. More than 90 people attended the presentation.
The two also participated in the Program to Evaluate and Advance Quality (PEAQ) Self-Study Share Fair, which featured the self-study efforts of more than sixty institutions of higher learning.
Leida has been at Morningside since 1987. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Texas Lutheran College in Sequin, Texas, and a master’s degree and doctorate from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater. She has served as professor and chair of the biology department at Morningside and associate dean of academic affairs for the college.
Nimmo was previously professor and chair of the mathematical sciences department at Morningside and has served on various curriculum and academic policy committees for the college. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Monmouth College in Monmouth, Ill., and a master’s degree and doctorate from Iowa State University.