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Search for new COFAMC, Education deans continues

Senior Reporter

Published: Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Updated: Tuesday, November 6, 2012 01:11

Two colleges at Sam Houston State University are currently in the process of searching for new deans.

The College of Fine Arts and Mass Communication and the College of Education are in different stages of their searches.

A search committee is currently being formed to seek out a new dean for the College of Education for next semester.

Dean Genevieve Brown, Ed. D., of the College of Education is retiring in January after 46 years in the education field. Throughout her career, Dean Brown has spent 28 years at Sam Houston State University, and since 2002 she has been the dean of the College of Education.

The College of Fine Arts and Mass Communication (COFAMC) has had an interim dean, Mary Robbins, Ed. D., since February. The college formed a search committee in August to seek out a permanent dean.

The committee has a long journey ahead of it, but it won’t be making alone.

“We’re about to open bids from search firms who will be assisting us in the search,” John de Castro, member of the COFAMC search committee and Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, said. “After selection of a firm, we’ll go to work with them in defining the parameters of the position and search.”

Search firms are becoming commonly used to find candidates to fill positions in higher education.

“Search firms are very good at developing a rich and diverse pool of applicants,” de Castro said. “They are able to find candidates who may not be actively looking for a new position.”

Hiring a search firm is looked upon as professional from both search committees and possible candidates.

“Search firms are very good at thoroughly checking out potential candidates.” De Castro said. “The best universities use search firms, and candidates can sometimes view universities that do not [use them] as second-tier organizations.”

The Houstonian will continue to update on the searches for new deans as information becomes available.

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