MU begins search for College of Arts & Science dean

Oct. 21, 2021
Contact: Christian Basi, 573-882-4430,

COLUMBIA, Mo. – University of Missouri officials announced today that they have started the search for a new College of Arts & Science dean. A search committee, led by Lyrissa Lidsky, dean of the MU School of Law, has been named, and an open forum will be held in November to ask stakeholders for their input regarding the characteristics needed for the position.

“We are excited to launch this important search for MU,” said Latha Ramchand, provost and executive vice chancellor of academic affairs. “The College of Arts & Science is not only responsible for guiding thousands of students through various disciplines, but also ensures that every Mizzou student has access to important classes so they graduate with a well-rounded education. I am pleased that Dean Lidsky accepted my request to lead this search. I am looking forward to seeing a high-quality and diverse pool of candidates.”

The virtual open session is planned for 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 2. Anyone who does not have a university Zoom account should contact Tiffany Hendren ( to ensure they can access the virtual session. Those who are unable to attend the session are encouraged to provide their comments by completing an online survey.

The search committee members are:

  • Lyrissa Lidsky, Dean & Judge C.A. Leedy Professor
  • Carolyn Anderson, Professor, Chemistry
  • Jacqueline Chenault, Chair of Staff Advisory Council, Executive Assistant in Psychological Sciences
  • Ruth Crozier, Director of Advising, Arts & Science
  • Carlot Dorve, Graduate Student, Music
  • Daive Dunkley, Associate Professor and Director of Peace Studies Program, Black Studies
  • Lee Ann Garrison, Associate Professor and Director, Visual Studies
  • Maurice Gipson, Vice Chancellor, Inclusion, Diversity & Equity
  • Sheri-Marie Harrison, Associate Professor, English
  • Kim Humphrey, Vice Provost for Enrollment Management
  • Adam Lappe, Undergraduate student leader, TRIO, A&S summer welcome support, peer mentor
  • Kristen Maier, Executive Director of Advancement, Arts & Science
  • Cassie Marks, Undergraduate student leader, A&S Student Council President, A&S Ambassador
  • Yerina Ranjit, Assistant Professor, Communication
  • Wendy Reinke, Associate Vice Chancellor for Research; Professor, Education, School & Counseling Psychology
  • Larry Ries, Teaching Professor & Associate Chair, Statistics
  • Amanda Rose, Professor, Psychological Sciences
  • David Schulz, Director and Professor, Biological Sciences
  • Jay Sexton, Professor, Kinder Institute, History
  • John Shaw, Alumni, English
  • David Singh, Professor, Physics and Astronomy; Faculty Council

In addition to the open forum, the search committee will be encouraging input directly from College of Arts & Science faculty, staff, and students. The firm Isaacson, Miller is assisting in the search for the dean.

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