College of Liberal Arts & Sciences review committee appointed

Friday, November 19, 2021

On Sept. 30, Chancellor Sharon L. Gaber and Provost Joan F. Lorden announced the University will undertake a review of the organization of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences (CLAS). The review will ensure the University is appropriately structured to support the goals of the new strategic plan and enable continued excellence in the liberal arts and sciences.

The Committee on CLAS Review has been appointed by Lorden and is charged it to: 

  • Review all options for the organization of CLAS, from its present organization to internal changes or even the creation of a new college

  • Identify the strengths and weaknesses associated with each option

  • Identify how each option aligns with the new strategic plan

  • Prepare a summary report

Chaired by Jennifer Troyer, dean of the Belk College of Business, the Committee on CLAS Review is composed of the following additional members: 

  • Glenn Boreman, chair, Department of Physics and Optical Science 

  • Cheryl Brown, chair, Department of Political Science and Public Administration

  • Christopher Cameron, interim chair, Department of Africana Studies 

  • Bernadette Donovan-Merkert, chair, Department of Chemistry 

  • Scott Fitzgerald, chair, Department of Sociology

  • Lan Kolano, chair, Department of Middle, Secondary, and K-12 Education 

  • Joanne Maguire, chair, Department of Religious Studies 

  • Fatma Mili, dean, College of Computing and Informatics

  • Brook Muller, dean, College of Arts + Architecture 

  • Jay Raja, senior associate provost, Academic Affairs 

After conducting an initial analysis, the committee will present possible options for organizing CLAS and solicit input from CLAS faculty, staff, administrators and students as well as from stakeholders and other appropriate units. 

Any member of the campus community who has questions is encouraged to reach out to committee members.