Siloam Springs, Ark (November 30, 2001) - Dr. Ed Ericson III, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies at John Brown University, will advance to the position of Dean for Undergraduate Studies on July 1, 2002. Ericson will fill the position vacated by Dr. Shirley Forbes Thomas whose retirement is effective June 30, 2002.
According to Dr. Ericson, “In many ways, Dr. Thomas has long been the heart and soul of the undergraduate program here at JBU. No one can replace her. I see my task, therefore, as helping to organize and consolidate the advances made under her leadership, particularly in the areas of international programs, Core Curriculum and the Honors Program.” Ericson says his primary aim is to preserve and build upon JBU’s well-earned reputation of providing a solid Christian liberal arts education.
Ericson earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in history at Indiana University. He joined the JBU faculty in 1994, teaching history and international relations courses. In 2001, he was named Associate Undergraduate Dean.
As undergraduate dean, Ericson will provide leadership for the development and enhancement of undergraduate education at JBU. This position will provide direction for Core Curriculum, the Foundations of Christian Scholarship class, faculty evaluations, advisement/retention, learning assistance, international studies, the registrar’s office, and general administration of the undergraduate studies programs. The Dean for Undergraduate Studies will report directly to Dr. Jim Worthington, Vice President for Academic Affairs.
Worthington, who also serves as the Dean of the Faculty, says Ericson has demonstrated the ability to lead and to bring a global perspective to the challenge of higher education administration. “Dr. Ericson has an exemplary record of outstanding experience in teaching and a commitment to scholarship,” Worthington says. “He understands JBU’s mission and is able to articulate as well as model the integration of faith, learning and living.”
Dr. Rick Ostrander, Chair of the university’s Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences, also believes Ericson’s appointment is an excellent choice. “Ed understands Christian higher education and will be an advocate for academic excellence across the disciplines.”
John Brown University is a private university with an enrollment of more than 1,600 students from 46 states and 30 countries. JBU is a member of the Arkansas Independent Colleges and Universities and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.