Interim Dean of Humanities Appointed for 2010-11

July 23, 2010

By , Humanities Division 

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William Ladusaw, Professor of Linguistics and current Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Education, has been appointed to become the interm dean of the Division of Humanities for the 2010-11 academic year.  

Ladusaw succeeds Humanities Dean Georges Van Den Abbeele, who was recently named founding dean of Humanities and Social Sciences at Northeastern University. Van Den Abbeele, who joined UC Santa Cruz in 2006, has led the Humanities Division during a difficult period marked by the worst budget cuts in UC history. His numerous and lasting contributions to the campus include a comprehensive divisionwide review that has positioned the Humanities Division for the future, and the establishment of two new endowed chairs. 

Ladusaw, a professor of linguistics who has served since 2004 as vice provost and dean of undergraduate education (VPDUE), brings valuable campus and divisional expertise to this interim appointment. He joined the faculty as an assistant professor in 1984, served as chair of the Linguistics Department from 1997-99, and was provost of Cowell College from 1997-2003.

Van Den Abbeele and Ladusaw will work together beginning September 1. Van Den Abbeele, who will step down as dean effective September 18, will serve in an advisory capacity from September 18-30 to support a smooth transition.