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Bellarmine appoints new deans for education, business, arts and sciences for 2019-20


Bellarmine University’s vice president for academic affairs and provost, Dr. Paul Gore, has appointed new academic deans to oversee programs in education and the arts and sciences, as well as an interim dean for the business school.

The appointments — made in consultation with Dr. Susan Donovan, Bellarmine’s president — are:

• Dr. Elizabeth Dinkins, dean of the Annsley Frazier Thornton School of Education, effective immediately

• Dr. Mary Huff, dean of Bellarmine College of Arts and Sciences, effective immediately

• Dr. Frank Raymond, interim dean of the W. Fielding Rubel School of Business, effective August 26

The moves follow three appointments by Donovan to her leadership team this summer: Gore; Dr. Mike Marshall as vice president for enrollment, marketing and communication; and Dr. Sean Ryan as senior vice president.

Susan Donovan

“As we begin the implementation phase of our new strategic plan this fall, it is tremendously important that we have our university and academic leadership teams in place,” said Donovan. “We have always been known for excellence in the classroom, and these appointments prepare us for a period that will include significant innovation, collaboration and risk taking as we seek to provide students with world-class opportunities for intellectual growth.”

Dinkins has served as interim dean for the past two years, and Huff has been an interim dean for more than a year. Raymond, currently associate dean of the business school, replaces Dr. Sharon Kerrick, who announced that she’s taking a position at the University of Louisville.

“Bellarmine has experienced a great deal of transition over the past three years,” said Gore. “It has quickly become evident to me that Elizabeth Dinkins and Mary Huff have been remarkably effective and innovative leaders in their areas, and I saw no need to further delay having them assume those responsibilities on a permanent basis.”

Bellarmine will conduct an immediate national search for a new Rubel School dean, led by a search consultant and a committee made up of business school stakeholders.

Annsley Frazier Thornton School of Education

Dinkins, a former public school teacher, has been interim dean since 2017. She was previously Bellarmine’s associate dean for education, and served as chair of the doctoral program in education and social change. Before coming to Bellarmine in 2012, she was an assistant professor of graduate education at Georgetown College and an instructor at University of Virginia. Dinkins received her doctorate in English education from the University of Virginia, a master’s in education from Vanderbilt University and a bachelor’s in liberal arts from The Evergreen State College.

As interim dean, Dinkins has led her school in preparing for an accreditation self study and supported her faculty in launching recently approved initiatives, including an early start master’s program, two new master’s-level teacher leader cognates, STEAM practices and trauma-informed practice in education.

Dr. Kristin Cook, who has been serving as interim associate dean of the School of Education, has been appointed to that position on a permanent basis.

The Annsley Frazier Thornton School of Education offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees for teachers and education administrators. It prepares caring, effective educators to teach and lead in diverse settings, through extensive partnerships with primary and secondary schools in Louisville and the region. It is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and Kentucky’s Education Professional Standards Board.

Bellarmine College of Arts and Sciences

Huff, a professor of biology, has been interim dean since 2018. Previously, she was the college’s associate dean for six years, and has been on Bellarmine’s faculty since 2003. Huff received her doctorate in biochemistry from the University of Louisville, a master’s in biology from the University of South Carolina and a bachelor’s in biology from Erskine College.

As interim dean, Huff has led the development of new interdisciplinary programs, including two that should launch next year. She has integrated online and hybrid courses into the college’s course offerings, and has improved the advising experience for students as they transition from their first to second year at Bellarmine.

Dr. Pam Cartor, a psychology professor who has been serving as the interim associate dean of Bellarmine College, has been appointed to that position on a permanent basis.

Bellarmine College of Arts and Sciences offers undergraduate and graduate liberal arts programs that are the foundation of a Bellarmine University education. Programs include art, biology, communication, mathematics, music, psychology and 20 other majors.

W. Fielding Rubel School of Business

Raymond is a professor of economics who currently serves as associate dean. Before that appointment, Raymond served as the chair of the economics department and has been a member of Bellarmine’s faculty since 2000. He holds a doctoral degree in economics from Indiana University, a master’s in mathematics from the University of North Carolina and a bachelor’s in mathematics from College of the Holy Cross.

“I’m sad to see Sharon leave Bellarmine, but I understand that she found a great opportunity that aligns with her expertise and her entrepreneurial spirit,” said Gore. “We’re very fortunate, then, that Frank Raymond has been an exemplary associate dean, deeply involved in the administration of the business school. I’m confident this will be a smooth transition that will serve our students well, and I’m looking forward to working closely with him as we continue to align our programs with the needs of the region’s business community.”

Under Kerrick’s leadership, the business school completed an innovative realignment of its MBA program, launched a monthly series of community workshops and speaker sessions, created professional advisory boards for each department in the college and prepared the school for an accreditation visit this fall.

The Rubel School of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB), which places it among the elite business schools in the nation. Fewer than 15 percent of business schools worldwide have achieved this distinction. The school offers undergraduate degrees in accounting, business administration, economics and finance, along with an MBA.

From Bellarmine University


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