CAS Dean Kendrick Brown Departing; University Searches for Interim Dean

CAS Dean Kendrick Brown Departing; University Searches for Interim Dean

The University has planned a search committee for an Interim Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) whose position will last for the entirety of the 2021-22 academic year. 

In an email sent to the University Community on Aug. 31, it was announced that the Dean of CAS, Kendrick Brown, would be leaving the University of Redlands. Dean Brown is expected to serve as the Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs at Morehouse College beginning Jan. 1, 2021.

The Redlands Bulldog had the opportunity to speak to the Dean via email in which he mentions his new role will consist of overseeing “the entire academic enterprise,” in contrast to just one school. 

“Morehouse has several institutes and academic endeavors beyond academic departments and programs,” Brown stated.  “I will work with faculty, staff, and administrators in each of these units to meet the intellectual, professional, and aspirational needs of students.”

As a historically Black college, Brown said that he is “looking forward to preserving and extending the legacy” of Morehouse and notes that its “graduates have changed the world.”

Brown has served as Dean since July 2016 and is accredited with implementing arrangements such as the Tuskegee University exchange program and the Redlands Four Year Promise.

The Interim Dean is expected to be appointed by mid-October and serve on the President’s Cabinet and the Dean’s Council.

Applicants are to email the Chief Academic Officer Debbie Clark by Sept. 16, thus putting the University on a roughly four-week timeline to find an appointee for the year-long position.

The committee is to be composed of Tim Seiber, CAS Assembly Chair, and Ben Arson, Hunsaker Teaching Excellence Chair. Furthermore, additional faculty members from various departments, such as Fang Ren from Geographic Information Systems and Anthony Sute from the School of Music, are to be a part of the group.

Between Sept. 21-28, the University will be holding an open forum for the College to speak with potential candidates as a means to aid in the search process.

Brown will not be involved with the search committee for the Interim Dean. However, he is looking forward to assisting them in making “as smooth a transition as possible.”

“Morehouse offers an unprecedented opportunity for which I am thankful,” Brown responded when asked about what he is most eager for in his new position located in Atlanta, Georgia. 

Yet, he will miss the warm Southern California-climate and “ this beautiful campus that took my breath away when I first visited.”

In addition to the physical environment, Brown concludes he will miss the community and “the incredible complexity of the College of Arts and sciences and all of the faculty, staff, and administrators dedicated to giving their all to students.”