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Boston University Arts & Sciences

CAS News: September 2010

A Letter from the Dean

Dear Colleagues,

Welcome back to what promises to be a great academic year!

A lot has already happened since the official close of the past academic year. The Office of the Dean has been reorganized, our new team is in place, we have been working together to develop smooth out the wrinkles, and the dust has settled on significant renovation that created a place for everyone to work. Among our numbers now are the three new Associate Deans of the Faculty, Pat Johnson for the Humanities, Geof Cooper for the Natural Sciences, and Strom Thacker for the Social Sciences; Richard Wright as the new Assistant Dean of Faculty Actions; Jeffrey Hughes as Associate Dean of the Graduate School; Steve Jarvi as Associate Dean for Student Academic Life; and Scott Whitaker in his new position as Associate Dean for Research and Outreach. Some of you may not have had a chance to meet our new Director of Communications, Pat Farrell, who joined us late in the spring. This summer, after Karen Weiss Jones left Boston to begin a new chapter in her life, we were very fortunate to bring on board a new Director of Advancement for CAS, Steve Kean, who comes to us with many successful years of experience in university fundraising. I think you will notice some good changes as you become familiar with this larger team of senior staff.

Last year, as you well know, we devoted considerable time and attention to developing a new strategic plan for CAS in the context of planning taking place across the university. We will now be working to make these plans real. Please take the opportunity to read the plans, available to faculty at the Kerberos-protected website here. I have asked chairs and directors to take some time to hold discussions about these documents within your departments and programs, then we will follow up with discussions at the Council of Chairs & Directors.

This fall, CAS News will be published twice monthly throughout the academic year to update you with greater frequency about important events and to tell you about the latest accomplishment of your colleagues and students. Please remember submit items that would be of general interest to the CAS faculty to CAS News.

In the meantime, welcome back, and I wish you a brilliant new academic year!

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Let us know about news or upcoming events. Please send news items to cascom@bu.edu, or call Patrick Farrell at 617-358-1185. Announcements about upcoming events can also be submitted online.

For all matters regarding your alumni, please contact Associate Director of Alumni Relations Kirsten Lundeen at 617-358-5525 or Alumni Relations Coordinator Lauren Hall at 617-353-1060.

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