Professor Marianne Pierce Named Senior Associate Academic Dean at Furman
GREENVILLE, S.C.—Dr. Marianne Pierce, a member of Furman University’s Business and Accounting faculty, has been named senior associate academic dean at the university.
She began her duties in the new position Aug. 1.
Pierce joined the Furman faculty in 1997, and has served as director of Undergraduate Research and Internships for the past six years. Prior to coming to Furman, she was director of graduate (MBA) programs and executive education programs at Wake Forest University.
During her time at Furman, she has served as interim director of the Center for Teaching Learning, director of the Brussels Internship Study Away program, and chair of the Individualized Curriculum Program. She holds B.A. and M.A. degrees from West Virginia University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Georgia.
“Marianne’s extensive experience in the academic life of Furman has earned her a reputation as a knowledgeable advocate for the liberal arts, an effective manager of programs and projects, and a valuable collaborator,” said John Beckford, vice president for academic affairs and dean. “She has consistently provided valuable leadership to every assignment. Her exceptional analytical and interpersonal skills will serve her well in this new position.”
The senior associate academic dean position was created at the recommendation of the Academic Affairs Administration Reorganization Task Force appointed by Beckford last year. The position will oversee 12 academic support areas such as Continuing Education, Libraries, Undergraduate Research and Internships, the Shi Center for Sustainability, and the other assistant and associate deans in Academic Affairs. In addition Dr. Pierce will oversee interdisciplinary programs and the First Year Seminars.
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