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  • Wednesday, October 16, 2019
    As we move into the heart of the Fall 2019 semester, we are preparing for the transition to the Provost’s new Priority-Centered Management (PCM) budget. This will be the first time that the performance of academic units within KU will be used to make budget adjustments in the coming year.
  • Wednesday, September 18, 2019
    Based on recommendations from the Dean’s Staff Advisory Board, the College is excited to announce the creation of the College Staff Excellence Awards. Each year, the College will hold a staff recognition reception at which we will announce awards of $1,250 to two exceptional College staff members. This year’s recognition ceremony will be Thursday, November 21 at 3:00 pm.
  • Thursday, September 5, 2019
    Welcome to the start of the Fall 2019 semester and a new academic year. Since July 1, when I officially assumed the position of interim dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, I’ve been working in Strong Hall, getting to know the various divisions of the College office, and getting a more comprehensive picture of everything that the College does for KU.
  • Thursday, March 28, 2019
    As most of you already may be aware, I will be leaving the University of Kansas at the end of this academic year to begin an appointment as the Susan Welch Dean of the College of the Liberal Arts at Pennsylvania State University.
  • Tuesday, February 12, 2019
    At the end of last semester, I made a request to Interim Provost Carl Lejuez to shift my appointment from interim to permanent dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences.  I pursued this as an effort to not only gain some predictability regarding my own position, but also to offer greater stability to t
  • Thursday, December 13, 2018
    As the Heart of KU, we play a significant role in the success of our university and its faculty, staff and students. I can be most effective if I learn directly from those groups what are the most pressing opportunities and challenges for our College.
  • Thursday, November 15, 2018
    What are we doing for our staff? Over the past eight months as your interim dean, this has been among the most pressing questions I have sought to explore.
  • Monday, October 29, 2018
    Below is a message that the campus Office of Diversity and Equity sent via social media on Friday. I am sharing it (in italics immediately below).
  • Thursday, October 18, 2018
    I was honored to deliver this year’s State of the College address. The work occurring across our College is incredible, and I enjoyed the opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate your efforts. We remain leaders on our campus in terms of student success, research excellence, and diversity, equity and inclusion. Your individual efforts make our collective success possible – thank you.
  • Thursday, September 20, 2018
    In less than a week, I will be sharing with our College community a broad array of updates at our third annual State of the College. I appreciate this opportunity to discuss our College’s progress, how we are continuing momentum on initiatives started before my tenure, and how we are navigating new challenges. I am also eager to learn from our faculty, staff and students what issues are of most importance to you.