The search for a dean for the College of Arts and Sciences concluded on Thursday with the announcement that Jonathan Reed, who has served for three years as interim dean, was appointed to the permanent position.
When the search started, 55 candidates applied for the position. Ultimately three finalists including Reed spoke on campus.
“Jonathan won that position because he demonstrated leadership, a vision of where to take the college, and demonstrated a lot of knowledge about La Verne and what is best for La Verne,” Provost Greg Dewey said Thursday.
Now that Reed is permanent dean, he is expected to work on developing the “La Verne experience,” and on faculty development. He will also have budgetary responsibilities, Dewey said.
“I think that he has made some tremendous strides and accomplished a great deal in the college, and brought it miles from what it was in terms of programs he initiated and supported,” said Felicia Beardsley, interim associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.
Reed has served as interim dean for the past three years and has been a professor of religious studies here for 16 years.
“This is really a validation of what he has been doing, because he’s worked so hard as interim, regardless of the interim title, that didn’t really mean anything,” Beardsley said.