AUM will welcome new deans for the College of Sciences and the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences in the new year. Robert Granger, a longtime Department of Chemistry chair at Sweet Briar (Va.) College, will assume the College of Sciences deanship on January 15. While at Sweet Briar, he served as dean of the college during the 2017-2018 academic year and oversaw such areas as academics, athletics, student life, faculty grants, development and study abroad initiatives. He earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Illinois State University and a doctorate in analytical and inorganic chemistry from Purdue University.

Andrew McMichael, associate dean of the Potter College of Arts & Letters at Western Kentucky University, will join the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences as dean on January 28. A professor of history, McMichael served as assistant dean at the Potter College from 2009 to 2016 before becoming associate dean. In his most recent position, he focused on budget management, development and advancement, diversity initiatives, strategic planning and student recruitment and retention. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in history from George Mason University and a doctorate from Vanderbilt University.