Press Release for Tuesday, August 14, 2007

UNF Names New College of Arts and Sciences Dean

Contact: Joanna Norris, Assistant Director
Department of Media Relations and Events
(904) 620-2102

The University of North Florida announced this week the hiring of a new dean. Dr. Barbara Hetrick will serve as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Dale Clifford has been serving as interim dean during the search process.

Since 1994, Hetrick has been a professor and head of the Department of Biology at the University of Northern Iowa, where she facilitated revision of the undergraduate curriculum, a major expansion of the science facilities and development of two Professional Science Master’s degrees. Prior to her appointment at the University of Northern Iowa, she spent 14 years at Kansas State University attaining the rank of professor.

“I am delighted that Barb Hetrick has chosen to join us in her new capacity as dean of our largest college. She brings with her a deep appreciation for the role of the liberal arts in the contemporary comprehensive university,” said Mark Workman, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at UNF. “I am fully confident in her ability to lead the college effectively as she and her new colleagues address the many opportunities and challenges that lie ahead.”

Hetrick will report directly to the provost and vice president for Academic Affairs and will lead the College of Arts and Sciences in strategic planning, program assessment and institutional accreditation efforts. She will also work on behalf of and in collaborate with the College’s faculty and chairs and other administrators, faculty and staff at UNF.

She received her postdoctoral in Plant Pathology at the University of California Riverside and her doctorate in Botany and Plant Pathology from Oregon State University. Hetrick brings to her position at UNF broad experience with faculty governance and university leadership as well as a national and international reputation in her area of scholarly endeavor. Hetrick has been a member and chair of the American Phytopathological Society Committee on Mycorrhizae, served as a consulting editor for Plant and Soil, an international journal, as well as reviewed manuscripts for the Canadian Journal of Botany, New Phytologist, Mycologia and the Soil Science Society of American Journal.