Gary Malecha, professor of political science, will serve as the interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences from July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2018. Malecha, who has been at the University since 1992, has served on numerous committees at the University of Portland, having recently led the University Ad Hoc Committee on Mental Health. He provided leadership as chair of the Political Science Department for many years, currently serves as the faculty athletics representative to the NCAA, and he has served in many more leadership roles throughout his time at UP. His excellence in the classroom is well known and he is an accomplished scholar. He was awarded the University’s highest honor for faculty, the James Culligan Award, in 1999.
Malecha has agreed to serve the University in this capacity for one year to allow for a national search for the new dean of CAS, and he has requested that he not be a candidate for the permanent position. Dean Michael Andrews has resigned from his position at the University of Portland to accept a position as director of the John Felice Rome Center, a campus of Loyola University Chicago located in Rome, Italy.
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