Dedman College dean resigns effective May 31

Cordelia Candelaria, dean of SMU’s Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, has decided for personal reasons to resign from her position effective May 31, as announced by SMU Provost Paul Ludden. Peter Moore, chair of the Department of Mathematics and Dedman College’s associate dean for academic affairs, will serve as dean ad interim effective June 1.

Ludden sent the following e-mail to the University community May 29:

SMU Dedman College Dean Cordelia Candelaria has decided for personal reasons to resign from her position, effective May 31. Dr. Candelaria expressed “considerable regret that serious personal circumstances require this interruption of a productive and collegial collaboration in an exceptional institution that I have been privileged to serve.”

Since her appointment as dean, Dr. Candelaria has brought new perspectives and a focus on interdisciplinary innovation to Dedman College. Under her leadership, Dedman College has made additional outstanding faculty appointments, has initiated new research efforts, and has contributed to the launch of SMU’s Second Century Campaign.

The campus is fortunate to have Professor Peter Moore, chair of the Dedman College Department of Mathematics, prepared to serve as dean ad interim, effective June 1. Appointed by Dr. Candelaria in April to serve as Dedman’s Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Dr. Moore has immersed himself in the workings of the College. He is well prepared to step into this important role.

A committee is being formed to begin the search process.

We thank Dr. Candelaria for her service as dean and wish her the best in future endeavors.

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