When I arrived as dean of the Penn State College of Arts and Architecture in 2007, I was excited and honored to continue to nurture the many relationships the College has with its alumni and friends. During my tenure I have exchanged personal notes and emails, had phone conversations, and enjoyed many face-to-face meetings—all of which leave me marveling at the breadth of the champions for the arts and design at Penn State, and the depth of their commitment to help advance our mission. Working alongside such an incredible group of individuals will always be a hallmark of my professional career.
Now in my 11th year as dean of the College, the time is right for me to pass the baton to the next person, and I will retire as dean on June 30, 2019. Over the next year the focus will be on leaving things in the best possible shape for the new dean to take the College of Arts and Architecture to the next level. The College is on a very strong trajectory with wonderful faculty and staff committed to creating a meaningful student experience and promoting the arts and design throughout Penn State and beyond. While we have incredible faculty and staff, our success would be impossible without passionate alumni, dedicated volunteers, and generous donors. I will be forever grateful for the opportunity to work with so many wonderful people who have voluntarily chosen a role as a stakeholder with us. Whatever success the College has enjoyed during the past ten years is, in large part, because of you.
As I look towards my retirement next June, I know the College can count on you to continue to stand with us as we move toward the future. I look forward to continued conversations with you in the months ahead about the next chapter for the College. Provost Jones will oversee a national search for the next dean who will provide strong, capable leadership for the years to come.