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Dear Colleagues,

Peter Schaber, PhD

I am pleased to announce that Peter Schaber, PhD, professor of chemistry in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, accepted the role of interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences for the coming academic year. Dr. Schaber has long been a respected and contributing member of the faculty having served as department chair for ten years, as a member of the Faculty Senate numerous times, and as chair of the Faculty Welfare Committee.

Perhaps most importantly for our tenure-track faculty, Dr. Schaber is currently a member of the Committee on Faculty Status and, given the annual review of tenure-track faculty, is familiar with the progress and contributions of junior faculty members. Hopefully, this familiarity will allow a smooth transition into the mentoring and evaluative role of the dean.

Dr. Schaber’s start date is August 6, 2018, following the completion of the summer school course he is teaching.

My thanks to all those who nominated a candidate for the position, to the faculty who assisted with interviews, and to the staff members who met with the finalists. I am grateful to all who stepped forward and considered the position.

Please join me in congratulating and supporting Dr. Schaber as he undertakes his new responsibilities.

Submitted by: Margaret Cain McCarthy, PhD, vice president, Academic Affairs