Aug. 14, 2002
CONTACT: Carol Anderson



YPSILANTI - Eastern Michigan University has named Linda Pritchard dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Her appointment was effective July 1, 2002, pending approval from the Board of Regents.

"I am thrilled that Dr. Pritchard has agreed to join us at Eastern. She is an exceptionally skilled administrator," said Paul Schollaert, EMU's provost and vice president for academic affairs. "Her experiences as a dean and faculty member have prepared her well for the challenges of heading our largest college. She has a keen understanding of the opportunities open to Eastern Michigan University and I am confident that she will provide outstanding leadership for arts and sciences."

Before joining EMU, Pritchard was dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Arkansas State University since 1998 where she administered a budget of $12 million (including $2 million worth of grants) and 200 faculty in a college with 2,000 student majors in 10 departments.

"I look forward to serving the faculty and students of the College of Arts and Sciences," Pritchard said. "I will be fully engaged in promoting student success within general education, college majors, collaborative and interdisciplinary programs and graduate studies. I welcome the opportunity to contribute to Eastern Michigan University's long tradition of academic excellence and community involvement."

During her tenure at Arkansas State University, Pritchard led a complete review of the general education curriculum; engaged in strategic planning initiatives for the College of Arts and Sciences; led the CAS faculty to create Ph.D.s in environmental sciences and heritage studies; expanded undergraduate minors; and created a bachelor of arts degree in computer sciences. From 1993-98, Pritchard was associate dean for Graduate Studies and Research for the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Texas at San Antonio.

Pritchard earned her doctorate and master's degree in history from the University of Pittsburgh and her bachelor's degree in history from the University of Michigan.

The College of Arts and Sciences, established in 1959, has 17 departments: African American Studies; art; biology; chemistry; communication and theatre arts; computer science; economics; English; foreign languages and bilingual studies; geography and geology; history and philosophy; mathematics; music; physics and astronomy; political science; psychology; and sociology, anthropology and criminology.

With offices in the Pray-Harrold building, the College of Arts and Sciences is the largest of EMU's five colleges. Other EMU colleges are the College of Business, College of Education, College of Health and Human Services, and College of Technology.