A longtime Mississippi State sociology professor and former sociology department head is the university's new dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.
In 2011, Greg Dunaway became associate dean of the college and, since last year, has served as its interim dean.
As associate dean, he was responsible for academic affairs and student services in MSU's largest academic unit. He also coordinated all aspects of the undergraduate instruction programs, including curriculum issues, student advising and awards, and scholarships.
As dean, the Baltimore, Md., native will oversee all academic programs and fiscal affairs of the college and report directly to Provost and Executive Vice President Jerry Gilbert.
"Dr. Dunaway is a man of great integrity and vision. I am delighted that he will be providing leadership for our College of Arts and Sciences," Gilbert said. He added Dunaway's appointment will take effect Friday, May 17, pending formal approval of the Board of Trustees, State Institutions of Higher Learning.
Dunaway was the college's Thomas Bailey Professor of Sociology from 2008-11 and, as department head, led in developing the state's only criminology degree program.
In addition to master's and doctoral degrees in sociology from the University of Cincinnati, Dunaway holds a bachelor's degree in the same field from Loyola University Maryland in Baltimore.
Last year, he was honored with the Dean of Students Award of Excellence in recognition of contributions to student well-being at the 135-year-old land grant university. He is the second to receive the MSU Division of Student Affairs honor since its inception in 2007.
Dunaway is a member of the Southern Criminal Justice Association and an editorial board member for the American Journal of Criminal Justice.
Established as a separate academic unit in the mid-1950s, the College of Arts and Sciences currently includes more than 5,000 students and 300 faculty members. Beyond providing the majority of general education courses on campus, it offers 23 academic degree programs spread among 14 departments, and is home to several centers and institutes. For more information, visit www.cas.msstate.edu.
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