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CAS announces changes in numerous leadership positions

​New faces in the CAS dean's office include Murray Johnston and Suzanne Burton, both appointed as interim associate deans.

College of Arts and Sciences Interim Dean John Pelesko has announced numerous leadership changes for the current academic year.

Pelesko was named to his new position effective Sept. 1, following former Dean George Watson’s decision to return to the faculty.

Leadership changes in the dean’s office, all effective Sept. 1, include: David C. Wilson, promoted from associate dean to senior associate dean for the social sciences; Suzanne L. Burton, professor of music, named interim associate dean for the arts, following the retirement of Joann Browning; Murray Johnston, professor of chemistry and biochemistry, named interim associate dean for the natural sciences, succeeding Pelesko in that position; and Kathryn Meier, former director of communications, named chief of staff.

Other dean’s office appointments, and their effective dates, include: Dee Smith, interim senior business officer, July 1; Janna Chavis, human resources manager, Aug. 6; and Juan Viera, college facilities planning director, Sept. 10.

New department chairs beginning Sept. 1 include Kami Silk, who joined the Department of Communication as professor and chair from Michigan State University where she was a professor of communication and senior associate dean of research, and Joel Pust, philosophy.

Appointed as interim chairs, effective Sept. 1, are Paul Head, music, and James Brophy, history.

Returning to their chair positions after a year’s sabbatical are Lu Ann De Cunzo, anthropology, and Annette Giesecke, languages, literatures and cultures.

Julie McGee, associate professor of Africana studies and of art history, has been appointed director of the college’s Interdisciplinary Humanities Research Center.

Donna Woulfe, associate professor of biological sciences, has been named interim director of educational efforts in the Patrick T. Harker Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Laboratory.

Another new department chair, Velia Fowler, currently a professor and associate dean of graduate studies in the Department of Molecular Medicine at the Scripps Research Institute, will begin her position in the Department of Biological Sciences in January 2019.

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