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November 9, 2012

ULM Art and Sciences dean search committee hosts public forum Nov. 12

The search committee charged with choosing the next Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Louisiana at Monroe will host a public forum Monday, Nov. 12.

The forums will be held from 1-2 p.m., and from 5:30-6:30 p.m., in the ULM Library Conference Center, located on the seventh floor of the ULM Library. 

Ron Berry, Ph.D., dean of the ULM College of Business Administration, is the search committee chair.

He said the committee, which was formed in late October, hopes to complete the search by March 2013.

“We are excited to start our national search for the next Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Before the committee places national advertisements for the position, we thought it was appropriate to seek input from the community and from faculty, staff, and students through open forums.”

ULM Vice President for Academic Affairs, Eric Pani, Ph.D., said, “ULM is always mindful of its charge to meet the educational needs of Louisianans, especially those who live in this region. The College of Arts and Sciences serves a wide variety of those needs, so it is important that we get broad input about those needs as we search for the dean.”

The search committee is comprised of: Dr. Chris Blackburn, professor of history; Dr. Sushma Krishnamurthy, professor and director of the school of sciences; Dr. Attapol Kuanliang, assistant professor of criminal justice; Megan Martin, instructor of English; Robin Stephens, associate professor in visual and performing arts; Dr. Sean Chenoweth, associate professor in the school of sciences (representing faculty senate); Kristi Davis, budget accountant and reporting specialist, (representing staff senate); Philip Petit (a senior atmospheric science major from Ama); and Devin Girod (graduate student from Columbia, La).  Kay Shipp, alum and member of ULM Foundation Board of Trustees, and Tommy Usrey, president and CEO of the NELA Arts Council, will represent the community. 

For more information, contact Berry at 318-342-1103 or

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