NACOGDOCHES, Texas - The Stephen F. Austin State University Board of Regents approved faculty and staff changes during its quarterly meeting Tuesday.

Regents appointed Dr. Manny Brand, former chairman and professor in the Department of Music and Fine Arts at Hong Kong Baptist University, as director of the School of Music in the College of Fine Arts. In his new position, Brand will oversee nearly 200 concerts and performances, music camps, the preparatory division, and various special events. Other faculty appointments within the College of Fine Arts include: William Nieberding and Johanna Warwick, assistant professors of art.

The following faculty appointments were approved for the College of Liberal and Applied Arts: Glenn Bracey, visiting instructor of social and cultural analysis; Carlos Cuadra, assistant professor of languages, cultures and communications; Richard Davis, assistant professor of mass communication; Scott Hutchens, chair and professor of psychology; Sylvia Middlebrook, visiting assistant professor of psychology; Candice Kowalski, lecturer of psychology; Bob Polewan and Latoya Wesley, assistant professors of psychology; and Eralda Tarpley, visiting assistant professor of English.

Appointments within the James I. Perkins College of Education include: Vicki DePountis, assistant professor of human services, and Antonio Estudillo, assistant professor of human sciences; Deborah Williams and Tingting Xu, assistant professors of elementary education; Scott Slough, chair and professor of secondary education and educational leadership; Ali Hachem, assistant professor of secondary education and educational leadership; and Miranda Terry, assistant professor of kinesiology and health science.

Other faculty appointments approved Tuesday include: Marcus Cox and Gina Harden, assistant professors of management, marketing and international business in the Nelson Rusche College of Business; Dillon Wackerman, library archivist; and Kalanka Jayalath, assistant professor of mathematics and statistics.

Staff appointments within the Department of Athletics include the following: Michael Boynton, assistant head men's basketball coach; Stephen Gentry, assistant men's basketball coach; and Korbin Pate, coordinator of athletics video productions.

Other staff appointments include: Ashley Weisinger, accountant II; Lauren Light, coordinator of annual giving in the Office of Development; Jana McCall, Charter School teacher; Durga Achanta, library database administrator; Trey Cartwright, communication specialist in the Office of University Marketing Communications; and Mica Williams, hall director for the Department of Residence Life.

Regents also approved changes of status within three academic colleges, including Sara Bishop, from associate professor of nursing to interim director of nursing in the Richard and Lucille DeWitt School of Nursing; Sara Cole, from academic adviser to certification officer/post baccalaureate initial certification manager in the Perkins College of Education; and Kimberly Squyres, from adjunct faculty member to lecturer of languages, cultures and communication in the College of Liberal and Applied Arts.

Other changes of status at SFA include:

Admissions - Lerin Blackmon, from administrative assistant in educator certification to counselor; and Vivian Watkins, from counselor to coordinator;

Budget Office - Jessica Barrett, from administrative supervisor for the physical plant to budget analyst;

Disability Services - Shannon Stanton, from interpreter to senior interpreter;

Financial Aid - Rachele Nixon, from assistant director to interim director;

Physical Plant - Allison Ford, from accounting clerk II to administrative supervisor;

President's Office - Wini Turner, from budget analyst in the office of the vice president for finance and administration to assistant to the president/budget analyst;

University Marketing Communications - Rachel Clark, from marketing communications assistant to editorial coordinator; and Amy Roquemore, from editorial coordinator to assistant director of marketing communications-editorial services;

Residence Life - Brian Pace, from student assistant to hall director; and Nechelle McClinton, from hall director to area coordinator;

Student Center - Curtis Brantley, from custodial worker I to facilities manager;

Student Engagement - Amanda Horne, from interim director of student activities to director of student engagement; Lacey Claver, from interim assistant director and coordinator of student activities to assistant director of student engagement; Jamie Bouldin, from assistant director of student affairs to assistant director of student engagement; and Sylvester Harris, from student assistant to student engagement coordinator;

University Police Department - Paul Jordan, from sergeant to interim director of parking;

The Board of Regents also approved the following retirements: Melissa Boiles, Academic Assistance and Resource Center; Linda Boozer, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Center; Robert Kinsell, professor of art; Mike O'Rear, director of financial aid; and Frank Shockley, instructor of forestry in the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture. Scott Hutchens, psychology, and Scott Slough, secondary education and educational leadership, were granted tenure by the board. Jerry Williams, psychology, was awarded faculty development leave for the fall 2013 semester.