New Kids on the Block (Not)

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(l–r): Chris Alexander, Pat Sellers, and Leslie Marsicano (standing); Verna Case and Clark Ross (seated)

Four veteran educators will extend the reach of the academic dean.
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By Bill Giduz

The office of academic affairs has added positions for four associate deans to assist Vice President Clark Ross in the areas of academic administration, international programs, curriculum, and faculty and student support.

“I see this less as a redistribution of work to the new associate deans, as an increase in the ability of the office to expand its capabilities to meet the goals of the Strategic Plan,” Ross said. The four appointees are not new kids on the block. Leslie Marsicano will continue her duties in academic administration with the new title of associate dean. Chris Alexander will continue to supervise international programs while adding associate dean to a title that is already a mouthful: McGee Director of the Dean Rusk International Studies Program and Associate Professor of Political Science.

The other two positions were filled through a competitive search process that yielded the appointment of Dolan Professor of Biology Verna Case as associate dean for student and faculty support, and Professor of Political Science Pat Sellers ’86 as associate dean for curriculum. Each accepted four-year appointments and will be granted a reduced teaching load during that period.

“We’ve been discussing reorganization for many years, stretching back through the past three deans,” said Ross. “But given the extensive, comprehensive, and exciting initiatives that are associated with our strategic plan, it is evident that additional professional assistance is now needed within the office.”

Ross said the full range of responsibilities for each of the new deans will be developed this summer, but the intention is to design a structure that “looks down the road.”

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