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Dean announces administrative changes, welcomes new faculty

Array of five college leaders

Leadership changes in CAS this academic year include (from left) Suzanne L. Burton, Lauren Hackworth Petersen, Peter Benson, Mark Gockenbach and Mark Clodfelter.

College of Arts and Sciences Dean John A. Pelesko has announced new leadership in the College and welcomed new faculty members this academic year.

In the deans office, Suzanne L. Burton, professor of music education, was named associate dean for the arts, and Lauren Hackworth Petersen, professor of art history, was named associate dean for the humanities. Both had been serving in those associate dean roles in an interim capacity.

They each offer our College and their portfolios much in terms of their leadership and hard work, Pelesko said. They join David C. Wilson, senior associate dean for the social sciences, and Murray Johnston, associate dean for the natural sciences, on the deans administrative staff.

Pelesko also welcomed new department chairs and school directors: Peter Benson, Anthropology; Mark Gockenbach, Mathematical Sciences; and Mark Clodfelter, School of Music. He called all the new appointees fantastic leaders.

Because of COVID health and safety precautions, CAS will not hold its usual reception this fall for new faculty, but Pelesko welcomed them and encouraged all faculty and staff members to meet and learn about their new colleagues through this booklet.

He also congratulated Lou Rossi, formerly chair of the Department of Mathematical Sciences, on his recent appointment as dean of the Graduate College and vice provost for graduate and professional education.

Article by College of Arts and Sciences communications staff

Published Oct. 20, 2020 

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