Finalists announced for dean of College of Arts and Sciences

Public receptions for three candidates selected as finalists for the position of dean of Western Carolina University’s newly reconfigured College of Arts and Sciences will be held on campus in April.

The receptions will give members of the campus and surrounding communities opportunities to meet and assess the qualifications of the candidates, said A.J. Grube, WCU assistant vice chancellor for academic affairs and chair of the committee conducting a nationwide search for the new dean.

“We encourage all interested faculty, staff and students to come out to meet these candidates and learn about their visions for the direction of Western’s largest undergraduate college,” Grube said. “We also welcome input from our off-campus friends who have an interest in the arts and the sciences before our committee makes its final recommendation.”

D’Ann Campbell, director of foundation and government relations for the U.S. Coast Guard Foundation in Stonington, Conn., will be on campus April 15-17, with a public reception beginning at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, in the Grandroom of A.K. Hinds University Center.

Wendy S. Zabava Ford, executive associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Mich., will be on campus April 22-24, with a public reception beginning at 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, in the University Center’s Club Illusions.

Carolyn J. Stefanco, chair of the department of history at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, Calif., will be on campus April 30-May 1. Details for the public reception will be announced at a later date.

Western’s College of Arts and Sciences includes more than 180 full-time faculty members who serve more than 1,600 students. Eleven departments comprise the college – anthropology and sociology, English, history, modern foreign languages, philosophy and religion, communication, political science, biology, chemistry and physics, geosciences and natural resources, and mathematics and computer science.

Robert Kehrberg, who has been serving as interim dean of the college since the departure of former dean Robert Vartabedian in 2005, was recently appointed founding dean of the new College of Fine and Performing Arts, which houses academic programs in the arts that were formerly part of the College of Arts and Sciences.

For more information, contact A.J. Grube in the Office of the Provost at (828) 227-7495.