College of arts and sciences dean announced

By: Rachel Cain – News Editor

The University of Dayton named Jason Pierce, Ph.D., the new dean of the college of arts and sciences on March 31, according to the University of Dayton’s news webpage.

“The University of Dayton is such a vibrant academic community. I look forward to working with others to advance its mission and am honored to serve in this capacity,” Pierce said.

Pierce became interim dean of the college the previous summer and served as the chair of the department of political science for the past five years.

His goals as dean are to increase experiential learning, especially to enable students to explore different vocations. He is also interested in encouraging faculty research.

“Jason has demonstrated the strategic vision, intellectual integrity and dedication to the college of arts and sciences educational and research missions that will equip him to be a highly effective dean,” Paul Benson, the interim provost, said. “He brings a strong commitment to the liberal arts and sciences, substantial administrative accomplishment and deep dedication to the University of Dayton’s Catholic and Marianist vision.”

As interim dean, Pierce launched the Hanley Sustainability Institute, introduced a plan for renovating the Science Center and began a strategic planning process for the Fitz Center for Leadership in Community.

As the chair of political science, Pierce piloted the development of the Human Rights Center, McGrath Human Rights Research Fellows Program, Statehouse Civic Scholars Program and Dayton2DC.

He began as an assistant professor in the department of political science in 2002.

Pierce will begin his four-year term as dean July 1.