A&S Dean search put on hold after candidate declines offer Monday, Jan 18 2021 

By Eli Hughes–

The University of Louisville announced last week that it would be putting the search for a new dean of the College of Arts and Sciences on hold. This decision comes after the candidate who was selected for the job during the first search declined the offer.

“Given the current complexity of the Arts and Sciences role and the need for a leader with a demonstrated history of success in a similar role, we have made the difficult decision to conclude this search process, to recalibrate and to restart a new search sometime after Provost Gonzalez begins her new role this spring,” U of L President Neeli Bendapudi and Provost Beth Boehm said in a Jan. 13 email.

David Owen, the current interim A&S dean, will continue in his role until the search is able to resume again and find someone long-term for the position.

The announcement concluded by thanking the members of the search committee for their efforts during the first search.

In an interview on Jan. 13, the Editor-in-Chief of The Louisville Cardinal Joseph Garcia asked Bendapudi if the decision to pause this search would be good in the long-term for the university community.

“I think so, and I’m 100% on that,” Bendapudi said. “Because leadership is something where it’s not about a good person or a bad person, it’s about best. And I really believe that. Meaning, that at any given point in time making sure that the person we get aligns with our priorities and where we need to go.”

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University concludes interviews for new A&S Dean Thursday, Dec 3 2020 

By Madelin Shelton — 

The University of Louisville has concluded its campus visits with finalists for the College of Arts and Sciences (A&S) dean. The candidates consisted of four individuals who met with A&S stakeholders.

Candidate one, Georita Frierson, visited U of L Oct. 29-30. She is the current Dean and Full Professor of the School of Arts, Science and Education at D’Youville College in Buffalo, NY, where she oversees a school of over 60 faculty and seven departments.

Candidate two, David Owen, is the current Interim Dean of U of L’s College of A&S. He met with A&S stakeholders Nov. 5-6. Prior to this role, Owen was the Chairperson of the Department of Philosophy here at U of L from 2015-2019.

Candidate three, Christopher Snyder, visited the university Nov. 17-18. He is currently serving as the Founding Dean of the Shackouls Honors College at Mississippi State University where she oversees the honors college’s curriculum, recruitment, admissions, budget, student activities, housing and fundraising.

Candidate four, Deanna Dannels, visited campus Nov. 19-20. Dannels is the current Associate Dean of Academic Affairs of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at North Carolina State University. In this role, she is responsible for academic leadership, management, strategic planning, policy development/regulation and administrative academic oversight within the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

The last candidate, Ronald Jackson, visited U of L Nov. 23-24. Jackson is a Professor of Communication at the University of Cincinnati (UC) and has previously served as the Dean of the McMicken College of Arts & Sciences at UC from 2012-2013.

The U of L College of A&S Search Committee is expected to meet this Friday, Dec. 4 to decide who will fill the position.

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