Baylor University

College of Arts & Sciences Realigns Leadership Structure

Sept. 21, 2012

The College of Arts & Sciences announced a realignment of leadership structure and responsibilities, effective Aug. 1. The realignment organizes the 26 departments within Arts & Sciences into two academic divisions, each under the leadership of a divisional dean.

Dr. Robyn L. Driskell, professor of sociology and former graduate program director of sociology and executive associate dean of Arts & Sciences, will now serve as the divisional dean for humanities and social sciences, overseeing 13 departments: art, classics, communication, English, history, journalism, public relations and new media, modern foreign languages, museum studies, philosophy, political science, religion, sociology and

theater arts.

Dr. Kenneth T. Wilkins, professor of biology and former associate dean for graduate studies and research in the Baylor Graduate School, will now serve as the divisional dean for sciences, also overseeing 13 departments: anthropology, biology, chemistry and biochemistry, communication sciences and disorders, environmental science, family and consumer sciences, geology, mathematics, physics, psychology and neuroscience, statistical science, and the departments of aerospace studies (Air Force ROTC) and military science (Army ROTC).

Under the new organizational plan, the five associate deans will keep their same positions in Arts & Sciences continuing to oversee academics and special projects.

Not only will the new structure provide the 26 departments with more individualized attention, as well as administrative consistency and accountability in day-to-day operations, but it will also enable Dean Lee Nordt to spend more time on Arts & Sciences strategic planning initiatives tied to Pro Futuris, the Baylor University strategic vision adopted in May 2012. Nordt will also devote his time to development projects in the College of Arts & Sciences, including raising funds for student scholarships and for capital projects such as the proposed Baylor Arts District.

"As Baylor's largest academic unit, the College of Arts & Sciences directly affects our ability to achieve the vision set out in Pro Futuris," said Dr. Elizabeth B. Davis, executive vice president and provost. "The reorganization will provide for greater efficiency and effectiveness, and will allow Arts & Sciences to achieve its long-term goals."

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