Texas A&M University-Kingsville is presently engaged in a search for a new dean to head the College of Arts and Sciences. As the largest college at TAMUK with the most diverse collection of subjects, its mantle is over departments ranging from Art, Communications, and Theatre to Physics and Geosciences. As of now, the search has been winnowed down to five candidates: Dr. Kenneth A. Wink, Dr. Lok C. Lew Yan Voon, Dr. Dolores Guerrero, Dr. Douglas Biggs, and Dr. Daniel Suson.
The recipient of the position is set to work closely under Dr. Heidi Anderson, provost and vice president of Academic Affairs. According to a news release on the university’s website, the role of the new dean will deal with: “creating, developing, managing and advancing the academic, research and outreach programs of the College.” Further, falling under Anderson’s leadership, the expectation is that they will strengthen working bonds between the slew of departments housed within the college.
The dean search committee, headed by Dr. Alberto Ruiz of the College of Education and Human Performance as chair, is also built of 10 faculty representatives from various departments within the college, as well as Dr. Paul Hageman and Dr. Elda Sanchez as chair/director representatives, and Dr. Natalya Delcoure and Dr. Mohamed Abdelrahman as dean representatives. Apart from these, campus representatives are built on a triad: Dr. Richard Miller, Susan Smith, and David Barrera.
Each of the candidates will be afforded the opportunity to meet with school officials, including Anderson and Dr. Steven Tallant, as well as members of the search committee. Aside from this, the interviewees will also be given the chance to present before the university’s community in a public forum.
As of now, Wink and Lew Yan Voon have been interviewed and offered their presentations, on Tuesday, March 29, and Wednesday, March 30, respectively. The next visits and submissions will be from Guerrero, Biggs, and Suson in the Founders Room on the following dates: Guerrero, on Thursday, March 31, 3:20-4:25; Biggs, on Tuesday, April 5, 3:20-4:25; and Suson, on Wednesday, April 6, 3:20-4:25.
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