Interim dean appointed for Troy University’s College of Arts and Sciences

Posted: Thursday, 15 November 2007

TROY— Dr. Bill Richardson will serve as the interim dean of Troy University’s College of Arts and Sciences, according to Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor.

Dr. Richardson currently serves as Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences and is based on the Montgomery Campus. He replaces Dr. Don Jeffrey, who was appointed Vice Chancellor of the University’s Dothan Campus.

“Dr. Richardson will provide strong leadership for our College of Arts and Sciences,” Chancellor Hawkins said. “He is an outstanding educator and a proven administrator. I am certain that we are placing the College of Arts and Sciences in good hands.”

Dr. Ed Roach, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost, said the sheer size of the College of Arts and Sciences makes this an important appointment. Last year, Arts and Sciences enrolled more than 9,300 majors, or 33 percent of the University’s total. The nine departments in the College of Arts and Sciences include biology, chemistry, criminal justice and social sciences, English, history, mathematics and physics and political science. The departments of aerospace studies and Army ROTC are also part of the college.

“Because the College of Arts and Sciences is so large and diverse, we believe that Dr. Richardson’s familiarity with the ‘big picture’ makes him the ideal person to serve as interim dean,” Dr. Roach said.

Dr. Richardson joined Troy University in 2002 as Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences. He received his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Huntingdon College and his Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of Alabama. Dr. Richardson has served on the faculty of Georgia Southern University, Auburn University-Montgomery, the University of Alabama-Birmingham and Maryville (TN) College. Dr. Richardson has served as senior chemical consultant for S. Cohen and Associates, a McLean, Virginia-based firm, since 1989.