Arts and Sciences Dean Search

June 22, 2021

As we prepare for the upcoming academic year, I want to provide our faculty and staff with a leadership update.

BGSU will launch a national search at the start of the fall semester for the next dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. We have retained Isaacson, Miller, an executive search firm that will help us recruit for this critical position. I have asked Dr. Jim Ciesla, dean of the College of Health and Human Services, to chair this search process, and a committee with representation of students, faculty and staff will be appointed in the coming weeks.

Our goal is to have the college’s next dean start by July 1, 2022. Dr. Dale Klopfer, the current interim dean, will return to his associate dean role on June 30. Dr. Ted Rippey, associate dean, will become interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences effective July 1. Dr. Rippey joined the University in 2001. In addition to his associate dean role, he is an associate professor of German and previously served as interim vice provost for academic affairs. He earned his doctorate and master’s in German literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison after receiving a bachelor’s in German languages and literatures from the University of Kansas.

I want to thank Drs. Klopfer and Rippey for their leadership of the college, which provides the fundamentals of a liberal arts education at our University. This multidisciplinary approach educates students to meet the 21st-century needs of our communities and advance our mission to create public good.

I look forward to working with faculty, staff and students in the College of Arts and Sciences to identify the next leader.


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Joe B. Whitehead Jr., Ph.D.
Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs