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University announces new Dean of College of Arts and Sciences


By Delaney Brown

After a seven month search, the university has decided on a new dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Magali Cornier Michael, the former Associate Dean of the College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts at Duquesne University, will begin her duties as dean starting July 1.

In her role at Duquesne University, Michael oversaw 12 departments, housing 22 majors, and 1,500 undergraduate students.

Michael graduated magna cum laude from the University of Georgia before earning her doctorate in English from Emory University.

In an email sent to faculty Tuesday, Tadlock praised Michael as “a strong advocate for a distinctive liberal education as the foundation for students’ personal and professional lives post-graduation.”

Tadlock also championed Michael as “a leader who understands the role of an engaged university as a steward of the community.

“I very much look forward to joining the USFSP College of Arts and Sciences and to the prospect of working creatively and collaboratively with its faculty, staff, and students, along with the university as a whole and the St. Petersburg community, said Michael said in a written statement  

“The University’s growth mode offers a unique opportunity, which I welcome, to lead efforts to develop new programs and strengthen existing ones so as to offer an even greater quality of education that meets the distinct needs of twenty-first-century students, while at the same time managing growth judiciously,” she said.

Michael will fill the vacancy left by Dean Frank Biafora, who served as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences for the last decade.

Above photo courtesy of USFSP


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