SMU Provost announces Dedman College dean search committee

SMU Provost Paul Ludden has announced the composition of a search committee that will identify candidates for dean of the University’s Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences. The 15-member committee includes a University trustee, faculty members, an administrator and two Dedman College students.

William Lawrence, dean of SMU’s Perkins School of Theology, will serve as committee chair, with Elfi Kraka, chair of the Department of Chemistry, as vice chair.

The new dean is expected to be in place by the beginning of the 2014-15 academic year – the centennial of SMU’s opening in 1915. Current Dedman College Dean William Tsutsui has been named president of Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas; he will continue his SMU service through May 2014.

In addition to Lawrence and Kraka, the Dedman Dean’s Search Committee includes:

  • SMU Trustee Kelly Compton
  • Dedman College alumna Elizabeth Martin Armstrong ’82, donor (with husband William Armstrong) of a $5 million naming gift for SMU’s new Residential Commons complex

Faculty members (Dedman College unless otherwise noted):

  • Eric Bing, Senior Director for Global Health, George W. Bush Institute; and Professor of Anthropology in Dedman College and Research Professor of Applied Physiology and Wellness in Simmons School of Education and Human Development
  • Katherine Engel, Associate Professor of Religious Studies
  • Neil Foley, Robert H. and Nancy Dedman Professor of History
  • Monnie McGee, Associate Professor of Statistical Science
  • David Meltzer, Henderson-Morrison Professor of Prehistory and Director of the QUEST Archaeological Research Program
  • Suku Nair, Professor and Chair, Computer Science and Engineering, Lyle School of Engineering
  • Tim Salmon, Professor of Economics
  • Brian Stump, Claude C. Albritton Professor of Geological Sciences


  • Jay Orenduff, Director of Student Records and Academic Services, Dedman College


  • Briana Monsalve, undergraduate student
  • Megan Schott, graduate student

Diana Coon, assistant to Dean Lawrence, will staff the Search Committee.