AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Following a national search, Joseph Aistrup has been named the dean of Auburn University’s College of Liberal Arts. Aistrup, currently the associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Kansas State University, will begin his appointment Sept. 1.
“Dr. Aistrup brings a wealth of experience as both an administrator and an educator,” said Timothy Boosinger, Auburn University provost and vice president for academic affairs. “We look forward to his leadership of the College of Liberal Arts and its diverse programs and course offerings.”
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Auburn University veterinary professor, department head and alumnus Dr. Calvin Johnson has been named dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine after a national search, effective March 1, announced today by Dr. Timothy Boosinger, Auburn provost and vice president for academic affairs.
“He has done an excellent job as a department head and during his time as acting dean,” Boosinger said. “His record is outstanding. We are excited that he will be leading the college in the coming years.”
Johnson, head of the Department of Pathobiology, joined the Auburn faculty as a professor in 2003 and was named department head in 2005. His experience also includes 11 years at the University of Florida.
AUBURN – Chris Roberts, department chair and the George E. and Dorothy Stafford Uthlaut Professor of Chemical Engineering in Auburn University’s Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, has been named dean of the college effective July 1.
Roberts succeeds Larry Benefield, who is retiring after 33 years at Auburn and who has served as dean of the college since 1998.
“Dr. Roberts has an outstanding record of achievement in teaching and research and has demonstrated exceptional leadership as chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering,” said Auburn Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Timothy Boosinger. “I am confident that he has the ability to significantly advance the college’s mission and I look forward to working with him in the coming years.”
AUBURN – Vini Nathan, dean of the School of Architecture at Philadelphia University, has been named dean of Auburn University’s College of Architecture, Design and Construction, effective July 1.
“Dr. Nathan’s experience, in the classroom and as a practitioner and administrator, will be a valuable asset not only to the college but also to the entire Auburn University community,” Provost Mary Ellen Mazey said.
AUBURN – Jim Shepard, professor and associate director of the Forest and Wildlife Research Center at Mississippi State University, has been named dean of Auburn University’s School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, effective Jan. 3.
“Dr. Shepard has an outstanding record of accomplishments in forest sustainability, environmental management and academia,” Auburn Provost Mary Ellen Mazey said. “The faculty, staff, students and administration look forward to working with him as we continue to build the academic, research and outreach programs of the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences.”
James Edgar Foy, one of the most widely known and beloved figures at Auburn University for more than half a century, died Friday evening in Auburn. He was 93.
Visitation will be held Tuesday, Oct. 12, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Jeffcoat-Trant Funeral Home and from 10 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 13, at Auburn United Methodist Church’s Founders Chapel. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Oct. 13, at 11 a.m at Auburn United Methodist Church. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery in Eufaula at 3 p.m.
As Auburn’s dean of student affairs for a quarter century and a volunteer on campus for 30 more years, Foy became one of the most iconic Auburn figures of the last half of the 20th century.