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June 2014

NSU Welcomes New Dean and Provost

After a national search, Northeastern State University appointed Dr. Pamela K. Hathorn as dean of the College of Science and Health Professions, and Dr. Mark E. Arant has been named the provost and vice president for academic affairs.

Hathorn holds a doctorate in microbiology and a master’s degree both from Texas A&M University. She also has bachelor’s and associate degrees from San Jacinto Junior College. Hathorn served as associate dean of the College of Science and Health Professions since 2010 and has taught not only at NSU, but also Midwestern State University and other institutions in Texas.

As associate dean of the college, she was instrumental in a wide range of important initiatives, including the growth and development of health professions and science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programming, implementation of the dual-shared advising model, development of articulation agreements with community colleges and outreach efforts to meet recruitment and retention goals.

Prior to Hathorn’s work at NSU, she developed the Center for Advisement in Life Sciences and Pre-Health Professions at Oklahoma State University.

Arant has a doctorate in organic chemistry from the University of Alabama and a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Louisiana Tech University. He also completed the Institute for Management and Leadership in Higher Education at Harvard University in June 2010.

Since 2008, Arant served as the dean of the College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics at the University of Arkansas, Fort Smith. In addition, for the past year, he served as interim dean for their College of Education.

Some of his significant achievements while teaching in Arkansas include: founding the STEM College, establishing a new faculty advising model, establishing the STEM College’s Strategic, Advancement, Marketing, Recruiting and Master plans, initiating new college faculty evaluation and promotion models, establishing an Endowed Professorship in Engineering, raising more than $1 million in external funding and equipment, presiding over a distance program (ADTEC) where a Bachelor of Science in information technology is offered to community colleges in Eastern Arkansas, including new curricula in several majors and minors, and international and national studies courses in Belize; Trinidad and Tobago; Italy; Ocean Springs, Mississippi; and Owens Canyon, California.

Prior to Arant’s work in Arkansas, he served at the University of Louisiana in Monroe from August 1994-July 2008. While there, he served in several capacities including associate professor in the chemistry department and both associate and interim dean in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Arant will begin his duties at NSU on July 1, 2014.

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