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January 2014 –
    Joan B. Hirt

Joan B. Hirt  is appointed interim dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.






July 2007

Perhaps best noted for her work in fostering and supporting transdisciplinary activities,Sue Ott Rowlands served as Dean of the College of Liberal Arts from July of 2007 through December 2013. Under her leadership, the Center for 21st 

Century Studies, a nomadic study abroad program, was established. She also provided an informed voice during the planning phases of the Center for the Arts, tapping on her background in theatre arts.  Ott Rowlands established three priority areas for the college: undergraduate research, international initiatives, and diversity.

August 2007
Sue Ott Rowlands named Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.


    Dean Emeritus Jerome (Jerry) Niles

July 2007
A letter from Dean Jerry Niles encapsulates his four-year tenure as dean and ends with the Nikki Giovanni quote: “We are better than we think and not quite what we want to be.”

July 2003
The University moves ahead with its restructuring plans under Provost Mark McNamee, and the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences is formed. A transition council is formed to build bridges between the faculty of the former colleges (College of Human Sciences and Education (CHSE) and the liberal arts departments of the College of Arts and Sciences) and the new one with the goal of developing a culture and a structure that recognize the need for diversity and unity. Jerry Niles, interim dean of the CHSE, is named dean. 

    Janet Johnson

June 19, 2002
It is determined that the term “Human Resources” no longer accurately describes the disciplines offered by the college; and was often confused with the description of personnel affairs in the field of business. Given the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges (NASULGC) identifies the disciplines as “Human Sciences” and is organized as the Board on Human Sciences of NASULGC; the College of Human Resources and Education was changed to the College of Human Sciences and Education. 

The College of Human Resources becomes the College of Human Resources and Education under Dean Janet Johnson and holds its first meeting


Dean Peggy Meszaros heads the College of Human Resources

  • Administered a college with 85 resident instruction/research/extension faculty, 75 graduate teaching and research assistants, 30 staff, 1,500 undergraduate and 300 graduate students, instructional, research contract and grants budgets of $8 million annually and a $3.4 million endowment.
  •     Peggy Meszaros
  • Restructured administration and programs to absorb budget deficit.
  • Initiated first private fund development committee for Capital Campaign.
  • Introduced new research and instruction philosophy for child development program.
  • Coordinated campus-wide Design Consortium bringing together five departments in three colleges for sharing teaching, research, and outreach initiatives for students and programs.
  • Promoted development of discipline and department advisory boards bringing business and industry professionals regularly to campus, sponsoring internships and placement.

The College of Home Economics is renamed the College of Human Resources. Its four departments reorganize into: the Department of Clothing and Textiles; the Department of Family and Child Development; the Department of Housing, Interior Design, and Resource Management; and the Department of Human Nutrition and Foods.

Sanford J. Ritchey becomes Dean of the College of Home Economics at the beginning of the fall term.

For an extended history of the College of Home Economics from 1921-1982, please click here.