The semester-long search for the permanent dean of the College of Arts and Sciences has finally reached its end.
Dr. Greg Straughn will serve as the permanent dean of the college, beginning Jan. 1. He has filled the position in an interim capacity since the summer, as well as during the 2009-10 school year. He also served as interim provost last school year.
Dr. Robert Rhodes, provost, sent an email to all faculty and staff Tuesday afternoon to tell them he had appointed Straughn to the position after the search comittee recommended him.
“Dr. Straughn is a unique and gifted leader,” Rhodes said in the email. “We have witnessed his diligence in each of his administrative roles on campus during the past few years.”
Straughn was one of two finalists for the position until late last week. The other finalist, Dr. Murel Jones, withdrew as a candidate before he was to visit campus for an interview. Jones will continue in his position as dean of the School of Arts and Humanities at Elizabeth City State University.
Straughn said while he is relieved to no longer have the interim tag in his title, he has a lot of work to do. He is looking forward to continue working with colleagues in the College of Arts and Sciences.
“I am excited to help craft a strategy for the college that will improve the student learning and faculty support,” he said.
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