Category: dean

Former Franklin Dean Stokes to become Missouri Provost


GS_ProvostForum_.jpgCongratulations to former Franklin dean Garnett Stokes, who will become provost and vice-chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Missouri beginning Feb. 1:

Stokes said she is excited to help MU excel as a flagship land-grant university and improve its standing among other Association of American Universities institutions. She said she was impressed by MU's broad mix of strong programs, including engineering, medicine, agriculture, veterinary medicine and journalism.

"I think that I really like where Missouri is going," Stokes said Thursday. "I know about some very specific strengths, and it looks like a place that I could make a difference."

Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin said in the release that Stokes has "the ability, the vision and the drive to help us move the University of Missouri to the next level. She has a reputation for supporting students and building on existing research strengths."

Stokes leaves Florida State after serving as provost and interim president there. Great hire for Missouri. We're very proud of Dr. Stokes and wish her the very best in her new role at UM.

Thomas appointed Associate Dean


thomaskecia.jpgCongratulations to professor Kecia Thomas, who has been appointed associate dean for leadership development and diversity in the Franklin College:

A professor of industrial/organizational psychology in the department of psychology, Thomas has served on the UGA faculty since 1993.

"As associate dean, Dr. Thomas will have a portfolio that is well-aligned with her academic and professional expertise as an industrial/organizational psychologist who is an award-winning graduate mentor and instructor, an internationally recognized scientist/practitioner in the psychology of workplace diversity and a certified executive coach," said Alan T. Dorsey, dean of the Franklin College. "Given her scholarship, dedication to the college and to the university, and her extensive leadership experience, I am pleased to have Dr. Thomas serve in this important role."

Thomas has published over 50 peer-reviewed articles and chapters, one textbook and four edited volumes. Her work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the American Psychological Association and the U.S. Department of Agriculture as well as by school districts, nonprofits and other national organizations.

One of the brightest stars at UGA, known for her scholarship as well as her ability to lead both her peers and our students, Thomas' combination of skills make for a dynamic addition to the university administration. The institutional challenges addressed as diversity issues, present at every university and college in America, represent a particular and extraordinary responsibility. It is here that Dr. Thomas has and will continue to provide important direction and leadership. We are lucky to have her on our team. Great, key appointment for Franklin College, and because of its centrality on campus, for UGA.

Stokes interim president of FSU


stokes headshotHuge congratulations to the former dean of the Franklin College, Garnett Stokes, who was tapped to be the interim president at Florida State University, effective April 1.

An alumna and former UGA faculty member in the department of psychology, Stokes became Franklin College dean in 2004. She accepted the position of Provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at FSU in 2011.


Continuing Education



Our news director, Sam Fahmy, sat down with new Franklin College dean Alan Dorsey for an article published in this week's Columns. Here is Sam's article in full.



“Continuing Education”

Alan T. Dorsey takes the helm of the university’s oldest, largest and most academically diverse college


By Sam Fahmy

When Alan T. Dorsey became dean of the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences on July 1, he took the helm of a college that educates more students and has more faculty and staff than all but six units of the 31-member University System of Georgia.

Needless to say, he’s been busy.

“Being a dean is the world’s best continuing education,” Dorsey said, reflecting on the diversity of disciplines within the college. Much of his time so far has been spent learning about the college’s 30 departments, its centers and institutes and getting to know its faculty, staff, students, alumni and supporters.

Dorsey comes to UGA with nearly 25 years of experience in higher education, most recently as associate dean for natural sciences and mathematics at the University of Florida’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. He is both a product and a proponent of flagship research universities and the transformative role they can play in the lives of students and in the world at large. “I’ve spent all of my career in higher education, and I believe in the education that we provide to our students and in the importance of faculty scholarship and research,” Dorsey said. “Administration gives me a chance to influence that in a small way, but hopefully in a meaningful way.”

Coley Lecture


The dean of an arts and sciences college of the size and dimensions of the Franklin College really has his or her hands full. Outside of the extraordinary administrative duties of the position and alongside the constant fundraising responsibilities and appearances, the dean is our ambassador and spokesperson; introducing speakers and addressing graduates with an eloquent and memorable message could itself be a full-time occupation. Interim dean Hugh Ruppersburg has proven adept at all of the above duties, but he has truly excelled in this latter one. Here are his introductory remarks for the 18th Andrea Coley Lecture on April 6:

On behalf of the Franklin College and the University I welcome you to the 18th Andrea Carson Coley lecture. This is always an important event on the spring semester calendar for Women’s Studies. In memory and honor of Andrea Coley, a young woman who came out as a lesbian and suffered hostility and non-acceptance that led to her suicide, the Coley lecture seeks to foster understanding and acceptance of people who are different. It speaks for the spirit and practice of fairness, tolerance, appreciation and equity for all people. This year in particular seems particularly relevant. The current political campaign, as surly and uncivil as I can ever recall a campaign having been, has focused unfortunately on a very narrow and singular definition of what it means to be an American, of what it means to be human. Those who don’t fit that definition are regarded by some as suspect, second-rate, undeserving of full status as human beings. Not only do we witness attacks on gays, lesbians, transgendered, and others who are different. We are also witnessing attacks on women in general, on the fundamental concept of difference and self-empowerment. We recently heard a young woman lambasted on a national radio program for the mere fact of her testimony before Congress. And we have seen in Florida how a teenage boy with dark skin, who behaved and dressed in what one observer interpreted as a suspicious manner, ended up dead on the lawn of a small-town neighborhood. These are extremist attacks, extremist acts, extremist views, you might say, but the current political climate demonstrates all too well how fast extremes can become the middle ground. In this environment, where the gains of the last fifty years are cast into doubt and sometimes even scorn, the importance of programs that highlight, study, teach, and promote issues of gender, race, and difference becomes all the more clear.

I am so pleased to see everyone at this important event today. Thank you to the staff, students, and faculty of Women’s Studies for all that you do. Since the Institute was established 35 years ago, more than 10,000 students have completed Women’s Studies courses. These students – and thousands of others who experience a first-class liberal arts and sciences education – are equipped to enter the public discourse with tolerance and generosity: the wisdom, justice, and moderation that are the pillars of the UGA Arch. Thank you to Kathy and Andrew Coley for endowing this event in honor of their daughter. I cannot imagine a more powerful legacy for Andrea, than fostering those crucial values for our students, faculty, and community. And thank you in advance to my friend and colleague, Tricia Lootens, for the talk she is giving today. As a teacher, scholar, and citizen, she has had a tremendous and beneficial impact on her department, this institute, and the University. I look forward to her remarks. Thank you.

Dean's Staff Appreciation Lunch



With over 600 faculty teaching in 84 undergraduate majors (and over 80 graduate degree programs), the Franklin College requires a lot of people to function properly. Especially in lean budgetary environments like the current epoch, faculty and support staff, development officers and instructors are pressed to do more and more with less and less.

Interim Dean Hugh Ruppersburg will express his appreciation for all the effort and committment that makes the College what it is with a staff lunch on Thursday May 3 at the Tate Center. It's a small, yet very important way for the dean to express his gratitude, which I feel certain in saying all staff members extend to each other as well - as so many of our duties are connected in various ways. See you other staffers there.

Image: Franklin College Office of External Affairs colleagues, Mary Alston Killen, Jennifer Messer and Hollis Yates


New Dean


The Franklin College has a new dean, Alan T. Dorsey, currently associate dean for natural sciences and mathematics at the University of Florida:

The appointment was announced by Jere Morehead, senior vice president for academic affairs and provost, to whom Dorsey will report.  

“The history of UGA and the history of the Franklin College are inextricable, and the role of the dean there is a critically important one,” said UGA President Michael F. Adams.  “I spent a great deal of time with the successful candidate and am confident that he can take an already extraordinary college to the next level of quality.  I share the provost’s confidence in Dr. Dorsey and look forward to working with him.”

Dorsey’s appointment is effective July 1.

“The Franklin College plays a very central role in the university’s teaching, research and public service programs, so I am certainly pleased that Dr. Dorsey has agreed to serve as dean,” Morehead said. “His considerable experience as a faculty member, researcher and administrator made him an excellent choice for this important position.”  

Congratulations to dean Dorsey and welcome to the Franklin College and UGA.

Franklin Dean Finalists Announced



When former dean Garnett Stokes stepped down this past August to become provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at Florida State University, senior associate dean Hugh Ruppersburg was named interim dean of the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences. A longtime faculty member with vast institutional knowledge of Franklin College as well as a noted scholar of American film and literature, Ruppersburg has taken on the role of dean quite naturally. We are indebted to him for representing the College in such a forward-looking and effective manner. Meanwhile the University of Georgia is also moving forward to find a permanent dean for Franklin College; the finalists in the search have been announced and each will make presentations to the university community in February:

A search committee, chaired by Thomas Lauth, dean of UGA's School of Public and International Affairs, conducted a national search to identify the finalists.

The committee was assisted by UGA's Executive and Faculty Search Group.