David J. Lanoue, a veteran professor and department chair at the University of Alabama will be Columbus State University's next dean of the College of Letters and Sciences.
“His long history in academic administration will make him an outstanding candidate to lead the college toward excellence in academics, and student experience and preparation,” CSU's provost Inessa Levi said in a press release announcing Lanoue appointment Thursday.
Lanoue will join CSU's faculty on July 1.
He has led the department of political science since 2001. Lanoue has also taught at Texas Tech University, the University of California-Riverside, Illinois State University and the University of Texas at El Paso.
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He earned his Ph.D. at the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1986.
Lanoue was selected after a national search and campus visits by six finalists. Levis said he was selected because he "has credentials directing graduate programs and an outstanding record in research and scholarship."
As dean of the College of Letters and Sciences, Lanoue will oversee many departments, including biology, chemistry, criminal justice and sociology, earth and space sciences, English, history and geography, mathematics and philosophy, modern and classical languages, political science, and psychology. The college also encompasses CSU’s Command College, the McCullers Center for Writers and Musicians, and the STEM Initiative, which emphasizes science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
“I am honored to have been selected to lead the College of Letters and Sciences in a time of change and growth at Columbus State University,” Lanoue said in a press release. “I look forward to working with Provost Levi, President (Tim) Mescon and my many new colleagues to build upon the excellence in teaching, service and scholarship now enjoyed by CSU.”