KU announces new administrators

Posted on Jan 15, 2015 in Campus News and News

img_events_academic_cThe University of Kansas announced the appointments of several new administrators this month. The new appointees include five individuals selected to fill vacancies, including an interim dean to serve while a nationwide search is planned to launch later this year to identify a new dean for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, KU’s broadest and most diverse academic unit. Read the full announcements at news.KU.edu by clicking on each headline below. Help us welcome these outstanding educators to the Jayhawk family:

January 7: University announces new dean of social welfare
Paul Smokowski, Distinguished Foundation Professor in Child and Adolescent Resilience in the Arizona State University School of Social Work, was named dean of the School of Social Welfare. Smokowski succeeds Mary Ellen Kondrat, who served as dean of the social welfare school for eight years before retiring in June 2014. He starts July 1. Read more.

January 13: James Tracy named new vice chancellor for research
James Tracy has been named KU’s new vice chancellor for research. He is the former vice president of research at the University of Kentucky and professor of molecular and cellular biochemistry at the UK College of Medicine. Tracy will start April 1. Read more.

January 14: Associate Dean for the Humanities
Paul Kelton, associate professor of history, will begin the new appointment July 1. He has served the university in numerous capacities, including chair of the Department of History from 2008 to 2013, senior administrative fellow at KU and executive committee member of the Indigenous Studies Program. The position is a key administrative role in the College dean’s office. Kelton will supervise 14 departments and programs as well as the newly created School of Languages, Literatures & Cultures. Read more.

January 14: Don Steeples to become interim dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
KU geology professor Don Steeples has been named interim dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences. Steeples is the Dean A. McGee Distinguished Professor of Applied Geophysics in the College and a renowned seismology expert. He will begin his role in March 2015 as current dean Danny Anderson prepares to leave KU to become president of Trinity University. Read more.

January 15: KU names new director of student conduct, community standards
The University of Kansas has named a new leader for the administration of the nonacademic conduct system for individual and organizational accountability. Lance Watson will join KU as director of student conduct and community standards Feb. 23.As director, he will oversee the university’s efforts to educate about and hold students accountable to the Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities while also preserving students’ rights and helping them develop their decision-making abilities. Read more.

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