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U of M names new Liberal Arts dean: John Coleman from UW-Madison

The new dean of the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota will be John Coleman, who has been chair of the Political Science Department at the University of Wisconsin–Madison since 2007.

He will fill the spot vacated last year when James Parente stepped down to return to teaching. Raymond Duvall has filled in as temporary dean.

Coleman’s appointed must be approved by the Board of Regents next month; he’s scheduled to take over July 31.

He has worked in that department more than 20 years. Before that, he held positions at the University of Texas at Austin and the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration.

The U of M announcement says:

A Massachusetts native, Coleman earned his BA, summa cum laude, in Government and History from Clark University and his Ph.D. in Political Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). His research on political parties, elections, legislative-executive relations, divided government, campaign finance and American political development has appeared in the discipline’s leading journals.

Coleman’s quote:

“The stronger the liberal arts and CLA, the stronger the U will be. CLA’s talented faculty, staff and students are known for world-class research, effective and passionate teaching and dedicated service to the state, and these values must be maintained and enhanced. These are challenging times in higher education, but these challenges present exciting opportunities for building an even stronger CLA. I look forward to working on these efforts with colleagues on campus, CLA’s alumni and friends and members of the community.”

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