Yeshion resigns after eleven years

Category:  News
Wednesday, April 27th, 2016 at 10:55 PM

Recently, Dr. Ted Yeshion announced his resignation from Edinboro University. He has accepted a position at Gannon University starting in the fall.

Yeshion, a professor in the political science and criminal justice department, who also was a special agent, a crime laboratory director, a forensic biologist, crime scene investigator and expert witness, has changed the criminal justice program in many ways.

He, along with Dr. Lenore Barbian from the anthropology department and professor Michelle Vitali from the art department, created the Edinboro Institute for Forensic Sciences in 2015.

Yeshion was also a driving force behind the creation of the interdisciplinary forensic studies minor.

Looking back, Yeshion’s fondest memories include “my colleagues, the students, the opportunities for my own personal growth and for that of the department overall. I am proud of a lot of things that I have been able to accomplish here in a relatively short time.”

Yeshion has been at Edinboro for 11 years.

As he heads to Gannon, he will be a full professor of forensic science in their criminal justice department. He will play a role in both the bachelor and master’s programs, adding that there is a “strong commitment to the criminalistics program there and a new master of science degree in criminalistics.”

Moving forward, Yeshion would like students to know that "there is an increased likelihood that an individual’s hard work, professional competence and personal integrity influence the number and kind of opportunities that will present themselves.”

He continued, “So my feeling is that this opportunity isn’t something that just fell in my lap because of sheer luck or chance. It’s because of my commitment to long-term preparation. I am very fortunate. I wasn’t looking for a job. I was planning on staying here a long time. This was an opportunity that just happened and one I couldn’t walk away from. It is said that luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity. Preparing yourself through dedicated work shows that you are capable and competent.”

Yeshion explained that the move was not about “my resignation, but about my growth.”

“All that I have done has enabled me to move to a new place where I can do more. I feel it is my duty to do more, and doing more does not necessarily mean working harder, but rather smarter, and taking advantage of better opportunities,” he said.

As Ben Franklin said, “By failing to prepare, you prepare to fail.”

“These are important life lessons, and it is never too soon to begin making changes that will increase your chances for success,” said Yeshion. As for what will become of his position at Edinboro, Dr. James Fisher, chairperson of the political science and criminal justice department, stated there will be a committee that will sit down and review his position.

“There is a commitment to replace his position. We will aim to find someone with expertise in forensics that is new and slightly different and will be a fellow to forensic science,” said Fisher.

Fisher added that they are allotted an academic year to try to find someone to hire for the next school year via national advertising. The national search will begin in the summer of 2016 for that person to begin working in the fall of 2017.

An adjunct could be a possibility for the criminalistics courses for the fall, but it is not certain.

“We are doing the best to minimize disruption for the students in the program,” said Fisher.

“At any university, the composition of the faculty changes over time as individuals take other positions or retire, but other new faculty also join the university and bring with them different experiences and types of expertise,” said Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Michael Hannan.

“Academic programs continue, and it is the job of the department faculty, their chair, dean, and me to ensure that the programs evolve and provide students with the current and relevant learning experiences.”

The courses will continue. The forensics minor will continue. The fate of Yeshion’s position is unknown, but his legacy will remain here at Edinboro.

Karlee Dies is the Managing Editor of News for The Spectator.

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