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HES Undergoes Changes

By Gail Hairston

 

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"This approach is identical to the one that I discussed in the town meetings held with HES faculty and staff earlier this summer."

-- Michael T. Nietzel,
acting provost

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July 29, 2002 (Lexington, Ky.) -- The University of Kentucky College of Human Environmental Sciences (HES) is changing shape. Beginning Aug. 14, the following interim administrative responsibilities for the college go into effect:

-- The School of Interior Design will report on an interim basis to College of Architecture Dean David Mohney.

-- The remaining HES units, which include family studies, nutrition and merchandising apparel and textiles, will report as a Center for Family and Consumer Sciences to College of Agriculture Dean Scott Smith, also on an interim basis.

Each dean will have full administrative, academic and budgetary authority for these units.

Ann Dixon will continue in her role as director of the School of Interior Design.

An advisory committee has been formed for the selection of an acting director of the Center for Family and Consumer Sciences. An appointment is expected by Aug. 14. Applications or nominations for a person to serve as the acting director of the center are being solicited by the Office of the Provost. Candidates should be tenured faculty members at UK with the capability of leading the center effectively during this transition.

You may send applications or nominations to either Smith or Acting Provost Mike Nietzel via e-mail or memo. Those names will be transmitted to the advisory committee.

In the fall, Nietzel will ask for University Senate recommendations on the formation of a new College of Design and on the formation of the Center for Family and Consumer Sciences and its assignment to the College of Agriculture for a two-year trial period.

"This approach is identical to the one that I discussed in the town meetings held with HES faculty and staff earlier this summer," Nietzel said. "I anticipate that these proposals will then be taken to the Board of Trustees for its approval prior to the end of the fall semester."

Students who are now enrolled or who will enroll in the fall 2002 semester will be given the option of having their diploma read Human Environmental Sciences, College of Agriculture, or College of Design, depending on the degree program that they complete.

"Let me express my appreciation for the conscientiousness, patience and dedication of the faculty and staff of the College of Human Environmental Sciences as we go through this transition," Nietzel said. "These changes are difficult under any circumstances, but you have consistently displayed a resourcefulness and resilience in the face of these challenges and deserve tribute."


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