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Welcome to New Deans

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Three new deans begin their terms of service this summer.

Debbie Tahmassebi, former Associate Dean in the College of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Chemistry at the University of San Diego, has been appointed Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Santa Clara University, effective June 15, 2015.

Tahmassebi has served, at the University of San Diego, as associate dean of program development in the College of Arts and Sciences, chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and special assistant to the Provost. Her contributions there included the development and support of new College programs and initiatives, oversight of assessment efforts, expansion of undergraduate research, and record growth in sponsored programs. In 2012­-13, she was selected as an American Council of Education Fellow to work with President David Burcham at Loyola Marymount University. More information is available in the University’s official press release.

Caryn Beck-­Dudley, Dean of the College of Business at Florida State University, has been named Dean of the Leavey School of Business. Her appointment will begin on August 1, 2015. A well-­established scholar in employment law and the design of ethical organizations, Beck-Dudley has served as dean of two major business schools over the past 13 years. At Florida State University she developed a compelling strategic plan for the business college, expanded its entrepreneurship and analytics programs, established novel programs for veterans, and led an ambitious fundraising campaign for a new building. With expertise across business, law, and ethics, Dean Beck­-Dudley brings a remarkable record of strategic leadership, innovative program development, and fundraising success to the Business School. Her extensive experience will be invaluable as Santa Clara University enhances its engagement with Silicon Valley. More information is available in the University’s official press release.

Carol Ann Gittens, former Associate Dean in the College of Arts and Sciences, and associate professor in the Liberal Studies program, began serving as interim dean of the School of Education and Counseling Psychology on June 15, 2015. Gittens has directed SCU’s undergraduate pre­teaching advising program as well as the interdisciplinary minor in urban education. From 2007-­2012, Gittens was founding director of SCU’s Office of Assessment. She held a leadership role in SCU’s efforts related to accreditation, established new methods of evaluating institutional effectiveness and student learning, and designed and managed a multi­year, assessment plan for the revised Core curriculum. A search for the next dean of the School of Education and Counseling Psychology is underway.