Dr. Cooksey to serve as
dean of University College
The Office of Academic Affairs and Research announces that Dr.
Lynita Cooksey will serve as dean of University College. Dr.
Cooksey requested consideration to relinquish her position as
associate vice chancellor for Academic Affairs and Research. Dr.
Cooksey viewed the position of dean of University College as an
excellent fit for her wide-ranging skill sets and her interest in
helping undergraduate students survive and thrive at ASU. After
consulting with a number of individuals and groups, and with the
concurrence of the chancellor, Dr. Cooksey’s desire to serve as Dean
of University College has been granted. Faculty and staff are
invited to extend their congratulations to Dr. Cooksey for her
appointment to this new, important, and challenging position, as
well as to express heartfelt appreciation for her outstanding
service as associate vice chancellor for Academic Services. Dr.
Glen Jones, senior associate vice chancellor for Academic
Affairs and Research, has agreed to chair the search and screening
committee for the position of associate vice chancellor for Academic
Dr. Farris to pursue research interests
Dr. Jerry Farris, Environmental Biology, has stepped down as
associate dean of the College of Sciences and Mathematics in order
to place greater emphasis on his research interests. Dr. Farris is
one of ASU's preeminent researchers, whose own stature and
reputation as a researcher will be enhanced, as will the
university's, by his choosing to focus upon his research interests.
Dr. Farris has done an outstanding job in his former capacity as
associate dean and warrants recognition for his service to the
university. The university expresses its gratitude to Dr. Farris and
wishes him the best of luck and in attracting extramural support for
his research and in its dissemination. Faculty and staff are
encouraged to express appreciation to Dr. Farris for his service.
Dr. Phillips is College of Agriculture and
Dr. Greg Phillips, Agriculture, will serve as dean of the
College of Agriculture and Technology. As part of the restructuring
of the Colleges of Agriculture, Engineering, and Sciences and
Mathematics, searches are underway to recruit and hire separate
deans for the College of Engineering and the College of Sciences and
Mathematics. Dr. Phillips did a superb job of overseeing the
combined colleges and merits the university's special appreciation
and gratitude for his service in this capacity. He will also
continue to oversee the College of Engineering and is expected to do
so until a new dean of Engineering is appointed.
Dr. Andy Sustich,
dean of Graduate Studies, has agreed to serve as the interim dean of
the College of Sciences and Mathematics until such time as a
permanent full-time dean for this college is selected. Dr. Sustich
has taken on a significant temporary increase in his duties for
which the university is grateful. Faculty and staff are encouraged
to express appreciation to Dr. Sustich for this action and to offer
him any and all support that may help him achieve success in his
dual capacities as dean of Graduate Studies and interim dean of the
College of Sciences and Mathematics.
The original organizational
structure of the Colleges of Agriculture, Engineering, and Sciences
and Mathematics will be restored. It is expected that three distinct
colleges, each led by a dean, will enable those colleges to place
greater emphasis on teaching, research, and service; enhancement of
the curriculum; improvement of student retention and graduation
rates; the generation of extramural support from philanthropic
sources as well as grants and contracts; and to take other positive
actions to advance each college and the university overall.
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