Dr. Karen Murray, provost and executive vice president of academic affairs, announced this week the appointment of Kelli C. Styron, J.D., as the new dean of Tarleton’s College of Liberal and Fine Arts.
Styron has served as interim dean of the college for the past 18 months, and after a nationwide search and review process, was selected to lead the college as its new dean.
“I am extremely pleased to announce the selection of Ms. Kelli C. Styron to serve as our dean for the College of Liberal and Fine Arts. For the past 18 months Kelli has served very capably as our interim dean and provided exemplary leadership for the college,” Murray said. “Her commitment to building strong academic programs and to student success is evident in all her actions.”
Styron earned both her juris doctorate (1994) and bachelor of business administration (1990) from Baylor University. Her prior administrative service roles include executive director of compliance, evaluation and institutional reporting, department head for Social Work, Sociology and Criminal Justice, and Faculty Senate president.
In addition to her role as interim dean, Styron has served as an associate professor of criminal justice at Tarleton since September 1998, and received a tenured position in the fall of 2006. Her scholarly contributions include numerous presentations and publications in the Southern Law Journal, Sustainable Communities Review and the Encyclopedia of the U.S. Constitution.
“As a tenured faculty member in the Department of Criminal Justice, Ms. Styron has demonstrated excellence in teaching and earned the prestigious O.A. Grant Excellence in Teaching Award,” said Murray.
“Kelli Styron has proven herself in the interview process and as an interim dean. Her appointment as dean of the College of Liberal and Fine Arts is well deserved and is not a surprise considering the high levels of support she received from her colleagues in the college,” said President F. Dominic Dottavio.
Styron’s contributions to the university’s 2010 Southern Association of Colleges and Schools reaffirmation and her more recent management of the planned O.A. Grant Humanities Building and Clyde H. Wells Fine Arts Center renovations “are testimony to her strong work ethic, dedication to Tarleton’s students and commitment to the sustained progress of our university,” added Murray. “I welcome Ms. Styron to the academic leadership team, and eagerly anticipate her contributions toward our efforts to become the premier student-focused institution in Texas.”
Upon being named dean, Styron said she was honored and excited for the opportunity to lead the college. “The longstanding heritage of faculty excellence combined with their dedication and innovation make me very proud. I think we are poised within the college to continue preparing our students for success within their current majors and their future careers,” she said. “I look forward to seeing the next phase of our graduates’ success stories in careers that haven’t even been conceived yet. Tarleton students receive an excellent education and I’m grateful to be dean of one of the fine colleges which delivers that instruction to Texans each and every day.”
Styron holds professional memberships with the State Bar of Texas, Southwestern Association of Criminal Justice and Texas Association of College Teachers.
Sara Vanden Berge is the managing editor of the Empire-Tribune. She can be reached at email@example.com. Follow her on Twitter @ETeditor.