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Citadel News Service

For release
November 21, 2002

Citadel reorganizes departments into schools

          An academic reorganization at The Citadel has created five schools out of 14 separate departments. The Citadel Board of Visitors has approved the creation of the schools of business, education, engineering, science and mathematics, and humanities and social science. College officials believe the consolidation of departments into schools should strengthen the ability of academic programs at The Citadel to attract broader support.

          According to Provost Harry Carter, the school designations better reflect the structure of the academic programs at The Citadel and will help those programs continue to develop. The prestige of a dean’s position also gives the academic programs more clout.

          “External support is the best method for improving the financial position of the college,” Carter said. “The deans will play a key role in this effort.”

          As part of the restructuring, the board named Spike Metts ’65 as associate vice president for academic affairs. Metts has served The Citadel for 30 years as a member of the math faculty and most recently as dean of planning and assessment. The board has abolished the position of dean of undergraduate studies.

          Three of the five new schools already have deans. Earl Walker is dean of business; Ken Henson is dean of education; and Dennis Fallon, the current chairman of the department of civil and environmental engineering, will become dean of engineering in January. The college will advertise to fill the two remaining dean positions.

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