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Citadel News Service
10 Aug 2009

Provost names new graduate college dean and associate provost

Steve Nida, professor of psychology and head of that department since 2002, has been named associate provost for graduate and professional education and dean of The Citadel Graduate College.

In addition, Mark Bebensee of the School of Business Administration has been named associate provost for academic affairs. Bebensee replaces Isaac “Spike” Metts who is returning to teaching in the Department of Mathematics. 

Nida replaces Ray Jones, who served as associate dean of the graduate college from 2004 to 2008 and now teaches in the School of Business Administration. Nida came to The Citadel in 2002 from Franklin University in Columbus, Ohio, where he had been a faculty member since 1983. There he chaired the Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences from 1991-2002.

Steve Nida

“Dr. Nida has a firm grasp of the challenges and opportunities our Citadel Graduate Colleges faces as we respond to community and state needs for graduate and professional education opportunities in this knowledge-based economy of the 21st century,” said Sam Hines, provost and dean of The Citadel. “I’m excited to have him step forward to lead the CGC on a path of sustained growth and development.”

As head of the graduate college, Nida will oversee a dozen staff and graduate assistants and will be responsible for all graduate college operations, including scheduling, marketing, program development, policy matters, and community relations.

Nida holds an undergraduate degree from King College and a master's from Wake Forest University; he received his Ph.D. in social psychology from Ohio State University. In addition to The Citadel and Franklin University, he has held faculty appointments at Ohio State and Georgia College. At The Citadel he has served on a number of different academic, athletic, and other committees, and he is a member of The Citadel's Academic Board.

“I am eagerly looking forward to the challenges of this position and the opportunity to help grow The Citadel Graduate College through the development of new programs and the enhancement of existing ones,” Nida said. “Directly or indirectly, all of these efforts will reflect The Citadel's commitment to helping all of its students become principled leaders.”

Nida's name is well known within social psychology for his research on bystander intervention and for his work on ostracism. He is active in his profession's national scene, holding elected and executive roles in two different regional psychological associations. In 2008 he was one of a team of psychologists selected by the American Psychological Association to generate guidelines for the reform of undergraduate education in psychology.

Nida is a member of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi as well as Psi Chi, psychology's national honor society. In 2005 he was the recipient of The Citadel's Krause Faculty Award, by way of which faculty honor outstanding colleagues.

Mark Bebensee

Bebensee began his Citadel career in 1977 as an assistant professor of business administration. Since then he has served as assistant to the dean of undergraduate studies, head of the business administration department and most recently associate dean of the School of Business Administration. He was a major player in The Citadel business department's evolution toward national recognition by accrediting agency, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

“I’m excited about the opportunity to work with the provost and the other members of his team,” Bebensee said. “I am also looking forward to the challenges we face as we consider how best to continually improve the quality of our academic and leadership development programs, particularly in view of the resource challenges our current economy presents.”

Bebensee in his new position will manage the Registrar and all academic support services and coordinate with the associate provost for planning, assessment, and evaluation of the quality and the accreditation of academic programs.

Bebensee earned his bachelor’s in economics and math from Millsaps College and hold a master’s and doctorate in economics from Duke University. He the 2002 recipient of The Citadel’s Palmetto Award and the 1990 Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award. In 2000 he received the James A. Grimsley Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching.

“Col. Bebensee is one of the most revered and respected members of our faculty. He has done an exemplary job as associate dean of the School of Business Administration,” Hines said. “I am fortunate indeed to have him join my leadership team and take on significant responsibilities for our academic programs and working with the faculty and staff on a wide range of academic policy issues.”

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