Belmont University announced today it has created a College of Sciences and Mathematics and has named Dr. Thom Spence its founding dean.
Spence (pictured), who will begin his position on July 1, currently serves as the vice provost for institutional effectiveness, assessment and student success at Loyola University in New Orleans.
According to a release, Belmont will create the College of Sciences and Mathematics (CSM) and the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS) from the College of Arts & Sciences, the university’s largest college with 130 full-time faculty members and 15 academic departments within four schools.
Dr. Bryce Sullivan, who currently services as dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, will become the dean of the CLASS, which will include the Schools of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences.
The new structure, as well as the new names for the colleges, will take effect on June 1.
The CSM and the CLASS, along with Belmont’s School of Religion, will occupy the 188,000- square-foot $76 million Wedgewood Academic Center, which is under construction at the corner of Wedgewood and 15th avenues and is scheduled to open this fall.
The center will provide approximately 32,000 square feet devoted to CSM-related laboratories including an operational green roof, an ecology/zoology/botany lab, anatomy and physiology labs, an organic chemistry lab, a laser lab and a chemistry instrumentation lab.
“This new organizational structure will allow all of the programs in the College of Arts and Sciences opportunities for increased prominence and student focus,” Belmont Provost Dr. Thomas Burns said in the release.
As the chief academic and executive officer for the CSM, Spence will be responsible for the programmatic leadership, financial management, personnel administration and planning and development for the college.
Spence, who has been a LU faculty member since 1999, earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Birmingham-Southern College in 1992, and a Ph.D. in chemistry from Vanderbilt University in 1997.
“Dr. Spence’s hiring not only brings an accomplished scientist to our campus, but his appointment allows Belmont to provide even greater focus on all of our science, technology and math programs as we work together to help prepare our graduates to engage and transform our world,” Burns said.
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