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UT Arlington announces change in Honors College leadership

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Wednesday, July 9, 2008

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Media Contact: Sue Stevens

ARLINGTON - The University of Texas at Arlington today announced that, due to an unexpected health issue, Victoria Farrar-Myers has withdrawn her acceptance to become dean of the University’s Honors College.

The University had announced in May that Farrar-Myers, professor of political science, would become dean of the Honors College, effective September 1. Farrar-Myers will now be on medical leave from the University this fall, but is expected to return to her role as professor of political science in January 2009.

“We are deeply disappointed with this unfortunate turn of events because Dr. Farrar-Myers would have made an exceptional dean. However, taking care of her health must take precedence,” said James D. Spaniolo, president of UT Arlington. “She is a revered colleague and friend. We wish her a full and speedy recovery and look forward to her return in January.”

Dr. Farrar-Myers, who has been at UT Arlington since 1997, led the university’s development of the Quality Enhancement Plan during the recent Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) reaffirmation review process. Among her many honors, she was the recipient of the 2001 University of Texas at Arlington's Chancellor's Council Award for Excellence in Teaching, the 2005 Arlington Star-Telegram Service Learning Award and the 2007 UT Arlington Honors College Distinguished Faculty Award.

President Spaniolo also announced today that Karl Petruso, professor and director of the Anthropology Program in UT Arlington’s College of Liberal Arts and associate dean of the Honors College since 2002, has agreed to become the new dean of the Honors College, effective September 1.

Dr. Petruso has been at UT Arlington since 1990. Among his responsibilities in the Honors College are oversight of the College’s study abroad programs; the Washington, D.C. Archer Fellowship program sponsored by the UT System; summer undergraduate research assistantships; and the Honors College thesis/creative project process.

A classical archaeologist specializing in the prehistory of the eastern Mediterranean, he has published extensively on the weight metrology of Minoan and Mycenaean Greece and its ramifications for our understanding of the mechanics of ancient trade, the economic relationships among the polities of the Bronze Age eastern Mediterranean, and the evolution of mathematics and technology in antiquity. In the 1990s he organized and directed the first American archaeological excavation ever permitted in Albania.

“We are fortunate to have someone of the caliber of Karl Petruso to assume the deanship,” said President Spaniolo. “He is widely respected and well suited to become the next dean of the Honors College.”

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