CLASS dean search suspended; Business and Justice and Safety dean searches still underway

Sara Zeigler, former College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences dean and Provost elect, announced on Tuesday, June 1 that the search for the next CLASS dean has been suspended to allow for more extensive recruitment.

The CLASS dean search included three finalists that completed on-campus interviews, according to an email sent by Zeigler. After reviewing with the search committee, along with the president, led to the decision to pause the search.

Zeigler said that John Bowes, chair of history, philosophy and religious studies, has agreed to serve as interim dean.

“He will stay in the role until we have identified my successor, but for no longer than one year. He will also continue his service on the search committee,” Zeigler said in an email to faculty.

Jackie Jay will serve as interim chair of history, philosophy and religious studies.

“I have great confidence in John’s skills and his commitment to the work we do,” Zeigler said. “I can move to the provost role knowing that CLASS will have stable and responsible leadership and am grateful to John for making this possible.”

According to Zeigler, the search process for the next CLASS dean will resume in July.

The College of Business search committee will conduct interviews for the semi-finalists the week of June 1. The finalists will be invited to visit campus on June 21. Co-chairs Beth Polin and Ryan Baggett will give updates to the campus, with information regarding the candidates and feedback, according to an email from Zeigler.

The College of Justice, Safety and Military Science search committee has created a profile to advertise the position, which will be posted in the weeks to come. According to Zeigler, the interview process will take place in the fall. Co-chairs Lynnette Noblitt and John Williamson will continuously update the community on the search.

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