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Greer named dean of BSU's College of Arts and Sciences

BEMIDJI -- Colleen Greer can now drop the interim from her title. Greer, who has been serving as interim dean of BSU's College of Arts and Sciences for the last two years, on Thursday was named the dean of the college.

"I am extremely pleased to have been selected as the Dean of the College of Arts and Science here at Bemidji State University," Greer said in a BSU news release. "We have had a chance during my two-year term as interim dean in the college, to engage new ideas and plans for the future. I look forward to working with the faculty, staff and administration toward the fruition of these plans, and I see many possibilities for growth as we move forward."

As dean, Greer provides leadership for 14 academic programs and approximately, 110 faculty and staff. She will oversee all budgets in the college and facilitate the college's academic planning.

As interim dean, she led a university-wide effort to develop a leadership program, facilitated the development of a Water Institute and assisted with the development of programming in the medical sciences, the release stated.

"Colleen's commitment to Bemidji State University is unwavering and she is a strong advocate for the College of Arts and Sciences," said Martin Tadlock, provost and vice president for academic affairs at BSU, in the release. "Her beliefs and values are aligned with the beliefs and values found in BSU's Master Academic Plan and university strategic plan; those beliefs and values inform our thinking, actions and decisions. She is the right person at the right time for this position, and she has my full support to serve the students, staff, and faculty in the college and across the university."

Greer served as director of women's studies and gender studies at BSU from 2010-2012, was coordinator of BSU's sociology program and served as chair of BSU's Liberal Education Task Force from 2005-2008. She chaired BSU's social relations and services department from 2002-2008. Greer earned her bachelor's degree in sociology at Kearney State College and has master's and doctoral degrees in sociology from the University of Kansas.