Aug. 2, 2017

Interim dean named, search committee announced


NDSU Provost Beth Ingram announced C. David Bertolini, chair of architecture and landscape architecture, has been named interim dean of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.

“I’m delighted that David Bertolini has agreed to serve as the interim dean, as of July 1,” Ingram said. “I look forward to working with him and the college during this transitional time.”

Professor Bertolini joined the NDSU faculty in 2013, after serving on the faculty of Louisiana State University since 2003. He previously was a lecturer at Villanova University.

“I care deeply about the college and the challenges this forthcoming transition year will bring to its faculty, staff and students. My career is comprised of bridges bringing together different disciplines, individuals and projects, while staying focused on meaningful goals,” Bertolini wrote in his application. “My strengths are the ability to understand a person's capabilities and more importantly their desires, to articulate a unique and meaningful vision, the ability to be a great steward of funds and resources and a strong commitment to diversity.”

Bertolini earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of Florida, Master of Architecture at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and doctorate in English from Temple University.

A national search for the next permanent dean is underway. According to Ingram, the search committee members are:

• Margaret Fitzgerald, chair, dean of human development and education

• Sara Wald, NDSU Foundation and Alumni Association 

• Lisa Arnold, English

• Mark Harvey, history, philosophy and religious studies

• Rooth Varland, theater arts

• David Westerman, communication

• Bill Law, staff, performing arts

• Chris Whitsel, sociology and anthropology

• Michaela Jarvis, student, management communication

• Matt Langemo, college alumnus and community member

The anticipated timeframe for the committee includes completing a position description by mid-September, followed by applications being solicited in October and November. The first round of interviews is expected in early December, with candidates invited to campus in January. The goal is to have a new dean in place by summer 2018.

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