Release Date: May 23, 2011
Swets Named Interim Dean of Proposed
College of Arts and Sciences
Dr. Paul K. Swets, who has headed the Angelo State University Mathematics Department since 2004, has been named interim dean of the proposed College of Arts and Sciences.
The college was recently approved by the Texas Tech University System Board of Regents at their May meeting by consolidating the College of Liberal and Fine Arts and the College of Sciences. The move is in effort to save money and streamline operations in light of the state's current budget crisis.
Swets will also serve as the interim dean of the separate colleges and work toward their consolidation into the College of Arts and Sciences, pending approval of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
The appointment, effective Tuesday, May 24, was announced by ASU President Joseph C. Rallo. He said Swets' appointment will provide a unified direction for both colleges during the transition period and continuity for the new College of Arts and Sciences, once it is established.
"Dr. Swets is a proven administrator with an extensive knowledge of Angelo State University," Rallo said. "His administrative talent, his logical decision-making ability and his strong interpersonal skills will ensure a positive transition for the new College of Arts and Sciences."
Swets will serve in an interim capacity for a minimum of one year with the possibility for a second year in the position.
Since joining the ASU faculty in 1998, Swets has received more than $2.53 million in grant monies related to mathematics education. Last year he was named to the State Commissioner of Education's Mathematics Advisory Council. He also was nominated for the 2010 ASU President's Award for Faculty Excellence in Leadership and Service.
Other ASU experience includes eight years as campus leader for the Texas Collaborative for Excellence in Teacher Preparation and eight years as associate director of the Texas Engineering Experiment Station.
Before coming to ASU, Swets taught three years as the Zorn Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Indiana University. His previous teaching experience came at Austin Community College and the University of Texas at Austin.
He holds his bachelor's degree and his doctorate in mathematics from the University of Texas at Austin.