Lang Seeks Interim Dean
The first steps have been taken toward selecting an interim dean for Lang.
Of the roughly 25 nominations for the interim-dean position, four have accepted the nomination. Lang's executive council made the announcement in an email to faculty on April 30.
"As of 5:30 pm on Friday, April 30, four people have accepted the nomination for the position of Interim Dean," the e-mail read. The message went on to list Stefania DeKenessey, Scott Salmon, Elaine Savory, and Doug Wood.
Salmon, Savory and Wood couldn't be reached for comment as of press time.
"If my name gets thrown into the hat, which I think it has been or will be, then yes, I am considering [the candidacy]," DeKenessey said in an interview on April 29. "I'd be in some ways very honored and delighted to accept it."
Nominations for the interim position were submitted to Laura Copland, assistant director of curriculum, by April 30.
Copland declined to offer specific names of the nominees, but did say that "more than 25 people" were put forward.
Those nominated were given the chance to either accept or reject their own candidacy. Only four people accepted.
The April 30 announcement also said that five people who had been nominated hadn't replied yet, which means that more candidates could be put forward.
"I very strongly encouraged at our last faculty meeting for everybody to nominate whoever they wish," DeKenessy said. "It's always best to cast a wide net."
The interim dean position will help provide a smooth transition between Gordon and whomever is appointed next. Because Gordon's announcement came so late in the academic year, there wasn't enough time to pursue a national search and the interim will help bridge the gap.
"Neil kind of stepped in as a semi-dean for that last semester that [former dean Jonathan Veitch] was dean so there was a really smooth transition," Briedenbach said. "I'm presuming that whoever is going to steps in for this one year or more is going to take that same approach."