Three New Deans at USF

The University of Saint Francis welcomes three new deans. They are Dr. Marsha King (left), Dean of the University of Saint Francis Crown Point; Don Appiarius (middle), Dean of Students; and Robert Lee (right), Dean of the Keith Busse School of Business and Entrepreneurial Leadership.

Dr. Marsha King

King joined the University of Saint Francis in 2012 as an assistant professor and Director of the Nursing Resource Center and Simulation Laboratory. She also served as interim dean for a number of months.

In her role as Dean of the University of Saint Francis Crown Point, King brings both clinical and administrative experience. She was Chief Nursing Officer at Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center until April 2011. In addition, she served as an adjunct nursing faculty member for Bethel College in Mishawaka, Ind. and as president of the Indiana Board of Nursing.

King holds associate, bachelor and master degrees in nursing from Purdue University Calumet. She also holds a Master of Business Administration with emphasis on healthcare from Keller Graduate School of Management at DeVry, and she completed the Doctorate in Nursing Practice at Rush University in Chicago in December 2013.

Don Appiarius

As Dean of Students, Appiarius will oversee all aspects of student life, including residence life, commuter services, student activities and student academic services.

He brings a broad range of experience in student life to his new job, having recently served as Dean of Students and Associate Vice President of Student Affairs at Radford University in Virginia. He was also Associate Vice President for Student Development/Director of Residence Life at Shenandoah University in Virginia and worked in student life at Salem International University in West Virginia and several other institutions.

Appiarius earned bachelor degrees in political science and history at Mary Washington College in Virginia and a master degree in conflict resolution, with emphasis on cross-cultural conflicts, at George Mason University in Virginia. He is completing a doctorate in organizational leadership at Shenandoah University.

Robert Lee

Prior to being named Dean of the Keith Busse School of Business and Entrepreneurial Leadership, Lee joined the USF faculty in 2009. He also served 10 years in governmental finance as the treasurer of Allen County, Ind., and he worked in the property and casualty insurance industry. He has administered technology initiatives with the Allen County Auditor’s Office and the Allen County Department of Planning Services.

Lee holds a Master of Business Administration degree and a Bachelor of Science in Finance with a concentration in insurance from Ball State University. He will soon complete a doctorate in business administration with a specialization in advanced accounting from Northcentral University.

Lee is active at Blackhawk Ministries in Fort Wayne and has served on several governmental and community boards, including Community Action of Northeast Indiana, the Retired and Senior Volunteer program and the Fire Police City-County Federal Credit Union. He is treasurer of the Allen County Republican Party and past president of the Indiana County Treasurers Association.