Dean of USU College of
HASS to step down
As Utah State University enters a new academic year,
it marks the final year for Gary Kiger's term as the
dean of the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences.
He steps down in July 2008 after five years at the helm
of the university's largest college.
When Kiger accepted the position in 2003, it was a five-year
term appointment. Following a sabbatical leave beginning
next July, he will return to his faculty position as
professor of sociology.
"It has been an honor and a privilege for me to
serve as dean," Kiger said. "I believe we
have achieved so many of the goals we set for ourselves."
He said his college's achievements are the result of
quality faculty, students, staff and alumni.
"The college faculty is a group of engaged scholars
and stellar teachers," he said. "Our students
are bright and their achievements impressive. Our staff
is hardworking and deeply committed, and our alumni
are solid in their support of the college."
During his administration, the College of HASS has experienced
a number of notable achievements, including the construction
of a world-class performance hall.
Other achievements include:
· Creation of the Caine School of the Arts
· Successful implementation of a public relations,
branding and marketing strategy for the college highlighting
the successes of the college's faculty and students
· Establishment of the Religious Studies Program
· Development of the new Master's of Social Work
USU President Stan L. Albrecht praised Kiger for his
"Dean Kiger has provided excellent leadership over
the last several years for Utah State University's largest
college," Albrecht said. "His commitment to
providing outstanding educational experiences for our
students has been exemplary and his effective guidance
in building outstanding new programs such as the Caine
School of the Arts, the Religious Studies Program, and
a new graduate program in Social Work will be lasting
examples of his legacy as dean."
USU Executive Vice President and Provost Raymond T.
Coward said Kiger has laid the foundation for the college's
"Dean Kiger is an extraordinary academic leader
and has been an important asset to the administrative
team at USU," Coward said. "Under his leadership
this college has achieved important progress and has
positioned itself for even greater success in the future."
In advance of a national search, the provost will be
meeting with faculty in the weeks ahead to discuss the
characteristics and traits that will be sought in the
next dean and the process that will be used to create
a viable candidate pool.