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CLA Dean Announcement

On January 8 Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Karen Hanson announced the appointment of Dr. John Coleman as dean of the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota, effective July 31, 2014, pending approval by the Board of Regents in February.

Read the press release

Portrait: John J. Coleman Dr. John J. Coleman
Curriculum Vitae
Recorded presentation (November 7, 2013)

Position Profile

The University of Minnesota is one of the most comprehensive universities in the nation, and ranks among the top universities in the world. It is conducting a national search for a new dean of the College of Liberal Arts.

Minnesota’s excellence as a public land-grant research university depends crucially on the excellence of CLA, its largest college, which enrolls nearly 16,000 students, including almost half of all the undergraduates on the Twin Cities campus. The college is home to distinguished faculty and some of the most outstanding graduate programs in the nation and the world.

The dean of the College of Liberal Arts is responsible for collaborating with faculty, staff, students, and others to create a unified vision for the college and for providing effective strategic leadership to advance the overall quality, reputation, stature, and aspirational goals of the college.

Selection Process

Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Karen Hanson is committed to a search process that is robust and transparent, and that includes broad consultation with CLA faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community stakeholders.

A search committee is chaired by the dean of the College of Design and is comprised of representatives of the college and the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education. During the summer and fall the search committee reviewed the candidate pool, conducted confidential interviews of selected candidates, and recommended individuals for the Provost to invite for public interviews on campus.

Contact Information

If you have questions, or would like more information about the search, please contact search committee chair Dr. Tom Fisher [], or Kate Stuckert [] in the Office of Human Resources.