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Keith to Head ASU Grad School

October 30, 2013

Dr. Susan E. Keith, a member of Angelo State University’s kinesiology faculty since 1997, has been named dean of ASU’s College of Graduate Studies, effective Jan. 1. 

Dr. Nancy G. Allen, interim provost and vice president for academic affairs, made the announcement after an internal search that identified and interviewed four candidates for the position. 

In making the announcement, Allen said, “Dr. Keith has served in various capacities across campus, including significant service in the College of Graduate Studies as well as the campus at large since her original appointment to the faculty.  Her familiarity with and her commitment to ASU will help continue the college’s record growth.”

The position opened up last fall when Dr. Brian J. May, who had a dual appointment as graduate dean and provost, was named ASU president.  Dr. June H. Smith has served as interim dean for the past year.

Keith, a professor of kinesiology, joined the ASU faculty in 1997 as an assistant professor and was subsequently promoted to the rank of associate professor in 2004 and to the rank of professor in 2011.  She has extensive experience teaching graduate courses. 

During her 16-year ASU tenure, she has served as a member of the University Graduate Council, Graduate Advisory Committee in the Department of Agriculture, Physical Therapy Admissions Committee and Graduate Faculty Research Enhancement Program Grants Committee.

In addition to her involvement with graduate programs and initiatives, Keith has a record of extensive involvement in department and university-wide leadership and service, having chaired or served on 36 committees, including several presidential task forces.

Additionally, she was instrumental in the developing and implementing the M.Ed. in coaching, sport, recreation and fitness administration, a highly successful program in the Department of Kinesiology.

Keith holds a B.S. in office administration from Southwestern Oklahoma State University and a B.S. in physical education from the University of Central Oklahoma.  She earned a M.S. in education from Baylor University with an emphasis in exercise physiology and a Ph.D. in health studies from Texas Woman’s University.