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MONMOUTH, Ore. -- Western Oregon University is excited to announce Kathleen Cassity of Honolulu has been selected as the new dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS).
Cassity currently is the assistant interim dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Hawaii Pacific University and also served there as chairperson of the Department of English and Applied Linguistics. She received her bachelor's (1994), master's (1997) and doctoral (2005) degrees in English at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
"I'm excited about assuming the position of dean at WOU's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences because my own values are so well aligned with WOU's mission of providing educational opportunity and access, fostering sustainability, promoting diversity and serving the greater good,"Cassity said. "WOU offers the kind of vibrant, collaborative and creative academic community that the 21st century so desperately needs. I'm very much looking forward to being a part of that and to helping WOU continue to excel and thrive."
Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Stephen Scheck said the nationwide search for a new dean of LAS, one of WOU's two colleges, was extensive and yielded the best candidate.
"It will be a pleasure to have Dr. Cassity join the academic leadership team," Scheck said. "She brings a good deal of experience working in a liberal arts environment that is focused on student mentoring and student learning outcomes. She will work well within the collegial environment we have at WOU as we move forward on implementing the university's strategic plan."
Cassity will begin work at Western Oregon University in August. Professor Rob Winningham filled the role of interim dean of LAS during the 2016-17 academic year.
About Western Oregon University
Western Oregon University, founded in 1856 and located in Monmouth, is the state's oldest public university. With approximately 5,500 undergraduate and graduate students, WOU is a mid-sized, NCAA Division II institution with nearly 80 percent of the student population being from Oregon. Approximately 25 percent of students are minorities, veterans or part of an underserved population. The university is known as Oregon's campus of choice for those seeking a transformative education in a personal, supportive, student-centered learning community where every class is taught by faculty. Together we succeed.
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WHO: Gov. Roberts, Oregon's governor from 1991 to 1995
WHAT: Roberts to speak as culmination of Western Oregon University's Careers in Aging Week. This event is free and open to the public.
WHERE: Werner University Center Pacific Room, Western Oregon University, 345 Monmouth Ave. N., Monmouth, OR 97361
WHEN: 2 p.m. on Tuesday, April 11
ADDITIONAL DETAILS: Roberts is the author of Death Without Denial, Grief Without Apology: A Guide to Facing Death and Loss, which chronicles her personal journey with grief surrounding the death of her husband. After her term in office, Roberts continued to be involved in the area of public policy. She will share her expertise on human and civil rights as well as guide the audience on how to better advocate for services and programs that serve older adults.