Across the STEM College, different departments have been undergoing change in their leadership. While some changes, like Carol Lamb taking on Director of Engineering Technology due to the untimely passing of Dave Kurtanich, are mournful, other changes like the leadership change in the Mathematics and Statistics Department are exciting for all involved. Dr. Angela Spalsbury is now the new chair of the department of Mathematics and Statistics, replacing Dr. Nate Ritchey, who is the first Dean of Science and Health Professions at Edinboro State University.
Dr. Ritchey started his career here at YSU in 1989 as an assistant professor. After earning tenure, he became an associate professor in 1993. Then in 1998, due to achievements and ability, he became a professor. Among his other achievements, he was the Director of the University Scholars and Honors program from 1993-2000. Dr. Ritchey was also the Interim Associate Provost from 2006-2007. Dr. Ritchey was well liked by students and faculty, and many were sad to see him leave YSU.
Dr. Ritchey, however, can assume his new position knowing that he left the department in the very capable hands of Dr. Angela Spalsbury. Dr. Spalsbury, who joined YSU in 2001 as an assistant professor is heavily involved with numerous outreach activities. She has been the director of YSU MathFest, an event held every fall for the last 11 years for approximately 350 high school students to learn about mathematics and gain interest in STEM. This last year, with the help of Dr. Alicia Prieto, she brought a new event on campus: Sonya Kovalevsky Day, or Women in Math Day. The first year of Women in Math Day brought 60 young women from around the area to the YSU campus and showed them the wonderful world of mathematics.
Dr. Spalsbury, now an associate professor, is also heavily involved with Pi Mu Epsilon, the National Honorary Mathematics Society. Dr. Spalsbury is currently President Elect of this nationally recognized society, which promotes scholarly activity in mathematics at the university level. YSU’s chapter, Ohio Xi, was formed in 1982.