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Citadel News Service

For Release
May 28, 2003

Professor named a dean at The Citadel

          Alfred J. Finch, the former head of the psychology department and a long-time Citadel professor, has been named dean of humanities and social sciences at The Citadel.

          Finch's appointment is part of an academic reorganization that began in 2002 to create five schools out of 14 separate departments. The consolidation of departments into schools will strengthen the ability of academic programs at The Citadel to attract broader support.

          Finch, a Mount Pleasant resident, was among six candidates interviewed for the dean of The Citadel's School of Humanities and Social Sciences. In that capacity, he will oversee the departments of English, history, modern languages, political science/criminal justice and psychology.

          Finch came to The Citadel from the Medical University of South Carolina where he was professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences. He has taught psychology and served as psychology department head at The Citadel from 1991until 2002. A native of Rome, Ga., he holds degrees in psychology, clinical psychology and school psychology from the University of Georgia, the University of Alabama and The Citadel.

          Finch is board certified by the American Board of Professional Psychology and is a member of the American Psychological Association, South Carolina and Charleston Area psychological associations as well as several other professional psychology boards and associations. He has published in excess of 100 scholarly articles.

          "We have a very strong field of candidates, especially the final six who came to campus for interviews this spring," said Provost Gen. Harry Carter. "Dr. Finch's experience in academic administration coupled with his outstanding record of scholarship will be great assets in providing vision and leadership as founding dean of the humanities and social sciences."





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