AUBURN – Auburn University is conducting a search for the new dean of the College of Architecture, Design and Construction. Provost Mary Ellen Mazey has appointed a search committee and an executive search firm will provide assistance with the search taking place this summer. Candidates will be identified and invited to campus in the early fall.
Dan Bennett, current dean of the College of Architecture, Design and Construction, recently announced his plans to retire at the end of the 2010 fall semester. The new dean will be appointed during the fall semester prior to Bennett’s retirement.
Bennett has served as dean of the college at Auburn since 2000, after spending 10 years as dean of the School of Architecture at the University of Arkansas.
AUBURN – William Batchelor, head of the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering at Mississippi State University, has been named dean of Auburn University’s College of Agriculture. He also will assume the directorship of the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station, pending approval by the Auburn University Board of Trustees at its June 18 meeting.
“The role and practice of agriculture is much different today than just a few years ago, and it continues to rapidly evolve,” Auburn President Jay Gogue said. “Dr. Batchelor is a highly accomplished researcher and administrator whose leadership will ensure that Auburn stays ahead of those changes and strengthens our service to the state.”
AUBURN – Marie Wooten, Scharnagel Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences and associate dean for research in Auburn University’s College of Sciences and Mathematics, has been named dean of the college, effective Aug. 1.
“Dr. Wooten has been an integral part of the College of Sciences and Mathematics for a number of years,” Auburn Provost Mary Ellen Mazey said. “She is an experienced classroom instructor, an internationally recognized scientist and a leader in interdisciplinary research and outreach.”
Wooten, an Auburn faculty member since 1987, has served as associate dean for research in the college since 2000. In this role, she has guided the creation of several programs, enhanced interdisciplinary research, developed strategic partnerships and sought to diversify the college’s research portfolio. Under her leadership, external funding secured by the college has doubled over a 10-year period.
AUBURN – Betty Lou Whitford, dean of the College of Education and Human Development and professor of education at the University of Southern Maine, has been named dean of Auburn University’s College of Education, effective Aug. 1.
“Dr. Whitford brings to Auburn a deep commitment to research and outreach in education,” Auburn Provost Mary Ellen Mazey said. “She is a leader in the areas of school reform and school and university collaboration with considerable experience in professional development school partnerships and teacher education.”
AUBURN – Gregg E. Newschwander, a professor of nursing and chair of the Department of Nursing at the University of Virginia’s College at Wise, has been named dean of the Schools of Nursing at Auburn University and Auburn Montgomery, Provost Mary Ellen Mazey announced today.
With more than 20 years of undergraduate and graduate teaching experience, Newschwander previously held administrative positions at the University of Vermont, The Catholic University of America and the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. He has remained active in clinical practice throughout his career, with expertise in pediatric emergency and trauma nursing.
– Auburn University Provost John Heilman announced today that Auburn professor George Flowers has been named dean of the Graduate School after a national search.
As dean, Flowers will supervise a staff of 13 charged with the admission, advisement and graduation activities for all graduate students. He also will chair the graduate council, which oversees graduate faculty credentialing, curriculum and program reviews.
“Great universities are known for the excellence of their graduate programs and Auburn University certainly deserves to be recognized as a great university,” said Flowers, who has served as interim dean with Joe Pittman since August 2006. “I look forward to working with all those involved with graduate education and research at Auburn University as together we seek to build truly outstanding graduate programs.”