Interim is being removed from the title of the dean of the Virginia Tech College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.
Rosemary Blieszner will be dean of the college, according to a news release from the school. But Blieszner will only serve as dean until 2019, when there was already a plan in place to select a new dean, according to the university.
“Rosemary’s proven leadership and outstanding record of service and scholarship will provide strength and direction for the college, and create new opportunities for its faculty, staff, and students,” Tech Provost Thanassis Rikakis said in the prepared statement.
Blieszner has been the interim dean since March, after the departure of former dean Elizabeth Spiller who left to become a dean at the University of California, Davis.
Blieszner is an alumni distinguished professor in gerontology who had been an associate dean in Tech’s graduate school since 2009. She’s been part of the human development department since 1981 and has helped lead Tech’s Center for Gerontology as its associate director.
Blieszner has also been chair of the steering committee behind “Beyond Boundaries,” Tech President Timothy Sands’ visioning process for the university’s future.
During her time in charge of the college she will lead the implementation of the destination areas plan. Destination areas are Tech’s aspirational curriculum that will combine disciplines to tackle big problems. In the future, students will be able to obtain academic concentrations in the areas.
A search for the next dean will be conducted during the 2018-19 academic year, according to Tech spokesman Mark Owczarski.
” I look forward to working with faculty, staff, and students in our college and across Virginia Tech as we continue to enhance existing programs and build exciting new ones,” Blieszner said in a statement.