By Adam Baker/News editor

While most people at the University of North Texas spent their week off at spring break hot spots, Eastern’s future College of Arts & Sciences Dean Andrew Schoolmaster III spent his time on “The Campus Beautiful.””I originally thought about maybe taking a little vacation but I came to Kentucky to meet with my new colleagues instead,” he said Tuesday.

Eastern named Schoolmaster dean at the beginning of the month. Schoolmaster, who currently serves as associate dean for administrative affairs at the University of North Texas, will begin at Eastern July 5.

Schoolmaster said he is “humbled” at the opportunity to become a member of the Eastern community.

“I was really pleased,” he said. “Certainly a lot of people have placed their trust and faith in me to help lead the college.”

He arrived on campus Monday to spend this week meeting with the campus community.

“I’m excited about being here so I get a chance to talk with folks and learn about the university culture and learn about how the place kind of thinks and ticks,” he said.

Schoolmaster said his new job is one he will take seriously, but he also hopes to have “a good time doing it.”

“I think the thing I am looking most forward to is simply learning about Eastern,” he said. He added he wants to learn “about the faculty, staff and students that are here and learn what their needs are and what their aspirations are and working with them trying to achieve those goals.”

Schoolmaster said some of his first duties as dean will also be to just get familiar with Eastern.

“The whole first part of my tenure here is going to be kind of information gathering and making a mental inventory of what we have,” he said. “I plan to tour all the departments so I am familiar with where they are – so I don’t get lost on campus – and to get to know their needs.”

Schoolmaster said he also plans to spend the week house hunting.

“It’s a process,” he said. “Buying the house isn’t a problem – it’s selling the on you’ve got that is the issue.”

Schoolmaster said he hopes to visit Kentucky one more time to close on a house before moving to the Bluegrass for good in June.

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