Both candidates running for dean of Humanities and Social Sciences are qualified, and the college will be well served with either person in that position, philosophy professor Charlie Huenemann said Thursday.The two finalists – John Allen, associate dean of Humanities and Social Sciences, and Richard Krannich, department head of the sociology, social work and anthropology departments – are some of the best applicants USU has, said Ted Pease, department head of journalism and communication.”We are so fortunate to have two candidates of this caliber. Both of them are experienced and talented administrators,” Pease said. “They both have an excellent understanding of the college, and I think either one of them would provide the kind of leadership that the college so desperately needs.”The Executive Committee is made up of professors from Humanities and Social Sciences. It was put together to help with the election process, Huenemann said. The committee doesn’t make any decisions or vote on who will be the new dean, instead it acts more as a screening committee, he said. If someone wasn’t qualified, the committee would eliminate that person from the running, he said. The committee meets with the provost to share its impressions and ideas, he said, not recommendations.Huenemann said with so many budget cuts at USU, faculty and staff members want the students to continue to receive the same quality of education. Trying to meet the student’s needs is the big challenge, he said, and students will be as well served as they are now, or more so with the new dean in the future.”I think the next dean, whoever is chosen, will work creatively to meet the student demands,” Huenemann said.
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