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Interim Dean Appointed for CLAS

Interim Dean Laura Argys

DENVER – Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs Rod Nairn has announced that College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Dean Dan Howard will be leaving CU Denver to be the provost at New Mexico State University (NMSU).

"Dean Howard's new position represents a homecoming of sorts," Nairn said. "Prior to coming to Colorado in 2008, Howard spent 20 years at NMSU, including heading the biology department and as the interim associate dean for research in NMSU's College of Arts and Sciences."

Argys named interim dean
CU Denver has tapped 20-year CU Denver veteran and Economics Professor Laura Argys, PhD, to fill the role of interim dean effective August 1.

Argys has taught courses ranging from introductory economics to graduate research seminars noted Nairn. "Laura is a labor economist and economic demographer who conducts research in the areas of health, education and family policies, with a focus on child well-being and health. Dr. Argys has served as Chair of the Department of Economics and Associate Dean for Research and Creative Activities in CLAS."

"I know that she and the others in leadership positions in the college can count on your support as we search for a new dean. I will let you know about next steps in the search process soon," Nairn said.

Argys sees the challenge as "an exciting opportunity to continue the momentum that the college has built in the past five years. I look forward to working with the faculty and staff in the upcoming year to continue to expand and sustain research support and infrastructure in the college, to enhance the learning experiences and success of CU Denver students pursuing a liberal arts education and to grow our partnerships with other schools and colleges, campuses and the community. As is true throughout higher education in the state and across the country, we face challenges to our funding from a variety of sources and competition for students on a national level. We can't afford to sit on the sidelines."

Argys intends to focus attention on programs and projects such as the BA/BS-MD program, that admits top students to the downtown campus with a reserved spot in medical school, our international college programs, our recent undergraduate program in public health, fundraising opportunities and the CLAS presence in the new building under construction on the Auraria campus are a few. Argys added, "The college leadership and the faculty will work together to identify a few new targets for our efforts in 2013-2014."

"I leave knowing that the college is in good hands with the appointment of Dr. Laura Argys as interim dean," Howard said. "I have worked closely with Laura for four years and she is a person with all the qualities one would want to see in a dean: great personal integrity, honesty, openness, warmth, and a keen intellect. Moreover, there is probably no one in the university who understands the budget of the college, university, and system better than Laura. I have no doubt that she will be an effective advocate for the college, its programs, and its mission."