University determines new permanent dean of College of Arts and Sciences

By Natalie Popovski

Kevin Corcoran, a professor in the department of psychological sciences and former dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Northern Kentucky University, has accepted Oakland University’s offer to become the new permanent dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

According to an April 17 email sent to faculty and staff from current Interim Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Susan Awbrey, the decision is still pending governance and approval from the Board of Trustees.

“He (Corcoran) is eminently qualified and received the strong support of the community,” Awbrey wrote.

The search for a permanent dean of the College of Arts and Sciences began after Ron Sudol stepped down from the position Aug. 14, 2012. Tamara Jhashi, associate professor of art history, has served as acting dean of the college since Aug. 24, 2012.

In the email, Awbrey thanked psychology professor and department chair, Todd Shackelford, as well as members of the search committee, for the work the work they had done to “secure top candidates for this position.”

“I also wish to thank all of our colleagues from CAS and the university community for their participation and feedback in this important search,” Awbrey wrote.

Corcoran is scheduled to start his position July 1.