Catawba College appoints four new deans – Salisbury Post

SALISBURY – Catawba College has appointed four people as deans starting next semester.

The positions aim to complement the academic structure of the college and have been filled by the existing faculty.

Jay Bolin has been named Dean of Science and the Environment. He will oversee biology, environmental studies, chemistry and the Catawba Environmental Center

Bolin holds a PhD and an MA from Old Dominion University. Prior to becoming a professor at Catawba, he was a faculty member at Trinity Washington University and the University of Namibia. He also did research for the Smithsonian.

Kim Creamer will serve as Dean of Education and Social / Behavioral Sciences. She will oversee the teacher training, psychology, sociology and political science programs as well as the college’s teaching academy.

Creamer holds a doctorate in education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She received her MA and BA from the College of William and Mary.

She has been a teacher, writing professor, educational literacy consultant, visiting professor at Wake Forest University, and assistant professor at Greensboro College.

Phillip Burgess will be the Dean of the Shuford School of Performing Arts, which encompasses the college’s music and theater programs.

Burgess is the college organist collaborative pianist. He was previously Deputy Director of the Music Department and Director of Vocal Studies.

Burgess said his goal was to bring the entire college performing arts curriculum together. He said departments share students between courses, but they haven’t created many productions together until recently.

“It is my goal to bring both faculty and students into closer cooperation and future efforts with each other to deliver bigger and better things to the greater Salisbury community,” said Burgess said.

He was a long time organist and choirmaster at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church and now also serves at the First United Church of Christ.

Burgess is a graduate of the University of Samford and the University of Michigan. He has also completed postgraduate certification programs at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas and the University of Memphis. Prior to working with Catawba, he was a faculty member at Pfeiffer University.

Vice Provost Forrest Anderson will assume the role of Dean of Humanities, overseeing English, Foreign Languages, History, Religion and Philosophy programs.

Anderson received his doctorate from Florida State University and worked as an archivist and assistant for writer Robert Olen Butler. Anderson is a fiction writer interested in teaching composition in grade one.

Jim Hand will continue as Dean of Health and Human Performance Sciences.

The college is looking for a dean to oversee the Ketner School of Business. The school also includes communication, math and computer science programs. Eric Hake is the acting dean of the school.

Provost Constance Rogers-Lowery said all deans used to work together. Deans will begin a one-semester training program on Friday.

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