LAS dean candidate visiting Wichita State today, holding open forum


Four candidates have been selected for the position of dean of Wichita State’s Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

The candidates will visit campus and speak at a public forum starting this week through early next month.

The first candidate, Andrew Hippisley, chair of linguistics at the University of Kentucky, will be on campus today and Friday. He will speak at a public forum today from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in Hubbard Hall room 231. Tomorrow, he will meet with students and faculty from the college of liberal arts and sciences.

The other three finalists are Robert Matz, interim dean of the college of humanities and social sciences at George Mason University; Orlando Perez, associate dean of the college of arts, humanities, and social sciences at Millsersville University of Pennsylvania; and Bessie House-Soremekun, associate dean and professor of political science at Jackson State University.

Current dean of the WSU college of liberal arts and sciences Ron Matson will retire at the end of the school year after 48 years at the university.