WMU News

Gilchrist named associate dean, Dobney and Verser confirmed

April 21, 2000

KALAMAZOO -- Dr. James A. Gilchrist has been appointed as associate dean of the WMU College of Arts and Sciences, effective July 1. Gilchrist's appointment was approved by the Board of Trustees April 20.

Gilchrist has been serving in that position on an interim basis since 1999. He has been a member of the WMU faculty since 1980 and served as chairperson of the Department of Communication from 1993 to 1999. A specialist in organizational communication and communication ethics, he earned bachelor's and master's degrees from Oklahoma State University and a doctoral degree from Michigan State University.

Also at its April 20 meeting, the board officially approved the previously announced appointments of Dr. Fredrick J. Dobney as provost and vice president for academic affairs and Dr. Trudy Verser as associate dean of the Haworth College of Business. Dobney also was named to a tenured position as a professor of history. Both appointments are effective July 1.

Media contact: Cheryl Roland, 616 387-8400, cheryl.roland@wmich.edu

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