Place for the Future of Arts & Sciences, Grad Studies
Dr. Kathleen Hilton
and Dr. Thomas Leach have been named permanent deans of the School of
Graduate Studies and the College of Arts and Sciences respectively.
Both served on an interim basis for 18 months.
Dean Hilton comes
from the History Department, where she also served as coordinator of
the Social Studies Education Program. She has been a professor of history
at UNCP for 13 years.
Dean Leach was chair
of the university's largest department - English, Theatre and Languages
- for 22 years. He came to UNCP in 1975 to teach English.
As interims, both
deans established themselves as outstanding administrators during a
time of growth and change at the university, said Provost and Vice Chancellor
for Academic Affairs Roger Brown. Dr. Brown praised the pair for their
performance and leadership ability.
and Dean Hilton bring continuity and institutional memory to our top-level
administrative staff," Dr. Brown said. "They have made remarkable
contributions in a very short time frame."
The School of Graduate
Studies has grown 30 percent in enrollment since fall 2000 to a record
481 students. UNCP has added two new graduate programs with an additional
program set to be launched in fall 2003.
The College of Arts
and Sciences has absorbed a large share of the university's rapid enrollment
growth. In the past year, Dean Leach's faculty has increased by 35 new
full-time professors and 15 full-time replacements of retiring professors.
"As a graduate
program coordinator, Dean Hilton knew the ground level operations of
our graduate programs," Dr. Brown said. "I am impressed by
her hard work and ability to establish and maintain high standards for
our graduate programs."
first year leading the College, I saw how well Dean Leach is suited
to his new position," Dr. Brown said. "We are fortunate to
have an individual who was already highly regarded by faculty across
of all four of our academic divisions have accommodated enrollment growth
even before new faculty resources were available," Dr. Brown said.
"They have established a good trusting relationship among department
chairs and the general faculty."
Dr. Leach said he
is "pleased and honored" with his new status.
"As I worked
myself into the interim period and worked with the department chairs
and the provost on the long-range strategic plan, I began to get a sense
of what the college is about," Dr. Leach said. "At this stage
in my career, I found this to be an interesting and stimulating challenge."
"I am proud
of the teaching and learning environment that our faculty have created
here, and my first goal is to safeguard the quality of instruction at
UNC Pembroke," he said. "I am continuing to teach because
it keeps me in touch with the basis reason that we are in this profession."
During the interim,
Dr. Hilton taught two classes and continued in her role as coordinator
of the Social Studies Education Program. She said her mission remains
into this I get, the more I find this is not inconsistent with what
I have always done, helping people to be better teachers and to achieve
their personal and professional goals," Dr. Hilton said. "This
would be a more difficult job if we did not have such strong programs
and faculty in place."
is to retain the student-centered approach this university is known
for," Dr. Hilton said. "Providing support for program coordinators
for new programs as they develop and to the existing programs as they
get stronger is critical."
Both the College
of Arts and Sciences and the School of Graduate Studies along with their
new deans have challenges looming in the future, the Provost noted.
programs are an important priority with Chancellor Meadors, and he believes
there is an opportunity for continued growth in enrollment and in new
programs," Dr. Brown said. "Competition is growing in this
area, and we are challenged to look at our region and our heavily part-time
graduate school audience and discover how we can reach them in persuasive
As a first step,
the university hired a national consulting firm to study graduate programs.
One new program, the Master of Arts in Music Education, is set to launch
in the fall and others are on the drawing board, including a concentration
in Exercise and Fitness in the Physical Education Department. There
are also plans for an interdisciplinary concentration in Sports Administration.
are planning to add non-licensure concentrations to their existing Master
of Arts degrees to programs that are already offer a Master of Arts
in Education. This is another important step in broadening the appeal
of UNCP's graduate programs.
"In the 18
months that Dr. Hilton has directed graduate program, there was significant
growth, and there will be more attention to recruiting in the future,"
Dr. Brown said. "Our goal is to have graduate enrollment that represents
10 percent our total enrollment. It's a realistic goal."
Changes are in store
for the College of Arts and Science also, Dr. Brown said.
is the cornerstone of our academic enterprise, and, as such, they bear
the burden of our greatest challenges as an institution," Dr. Brown
said. "our challenge is to grow and to retain the things that made
this a great teaching and learning institution."
New programs - Spanish,
English as a second language and environmental science - are in preparation
for launch, Dr. Brown said. Internationalism is high on the list of
we have the right people in place to achieve that delicate balance of
growth with continuity," Dr. Brown said. "Sound leadership,
coupled with good planning, is indispensable to this process."
For more information,
contact Dean Hilton at email@example.com
or 910.521.6271, and Dr. Leach at firstname.lastname@example.org
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