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The search committee for the new Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences has scheduled three candidate forums in the next couple of weeks.


"The Arts and Sciences Dean Search Committee has scheduled dates,
times and locations for open forums with the candidates. Members of the
university community are invited to attend each of the forums and ask questions
as the candidates discuss their ideas for moving the college forward.

The schedule of candidate forums is as follows:

Kevin Carman, dean of the College of Science, Louisiana State A&M University: Friday, Sept. 21, 1-2 p.m., in Room 105, Turnbull Conference Center


Nick Giordano, head of the Department of Physics at Purdue University: Monday, Sept. 24, 1-2 p.m., in Room 103, Turnbull Conference Center


Sam Huckaba, interim dean, College of Arts and Sciences, Florida State University: Tuesday, Sept. 25, 1-2 p.m., in Room 103, Turnbull Conference Center

Curricula vitae for all three candidates, as well as the itineraries for their interview days, can be viewed at"


Of these candidates, who do we think would be best? 
Who do we think will eventually get it?

Also, with the installation of a new dean for Arts and Sciences, the subject of college reorganization comes up.  We have talked a little bit about this on the board before (

Has anyone heard anything new on this front?

This post was edited on 9/13 1:56 AM by epiphany10

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I am not sure but just looking at the names I like the individual from Purdue. Big 10 and AAU affiliated. That makes a strong case on the surface.
9/13 4:21 PM | IP: Logged
I agree with on the candidate from Purdue.  That school is on another tier academically and it would be great if he could instill some of the things that have worked well at Purdue at FSU.  Thanks for posting.
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So it looks like Sam Huckaba has been chosen as the new dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Thoughts?  Past experience with Huckaba, anyone?

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So we hired "internal"...not what I was looking for with new blood.
10/20 10:01 AM | IP: Logged

Originally posted by nole2soul:
So we hired "internal"...not what I was looking for with new blood.

Agree that FSU has needed new blood, but hiring external is not always the answer. Hiring only external can be demotivating for good internal folks. Best policy is to hire the best candidate regardless of affiliation.

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In my opinion, the most important tasks a dean must accomplish these days (especially in a large school like Arts & Sciences) is to develop, clearly articulate and implement an aggressive but achievable strategic plan, build and empower a competent management team, and aggressively hit the road with his or her alumni and development teams with an aim of raising substantial money. (A dean of a college that big probably should broadly aim to travel with a member of the school's development team a couple times per month).

If Huckaba can generally perform well on those three broad fronts, he'll do just fine. If not...

This post was edited on 10/22 6:37 PM by jrfsu

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