“The decision by the administration was made in collaboration with the leadership of the two divisions,” said Dawn Tolbert, vice president of public relations for Shorter University.
The move does away with the School of Sciences and Mathematics, which was led by Craig Allee, who served as dean until his retirement this year. Allee, who is also a Shorter graduate, was employed at Shorter for 44 years.
The College of Arts and Sciences will have two divisions — the division of sciences and mathematics and the division of humanities and social sciences.
Sabrena Parton, a communication arts professor who has served as the dean of the School of Liberal Arts, is dean of the newly formed school, Tolbert said.
Two associate deans have also been named, Tolbert said.
Ben McFry will serve as associate dean of the humanities and social sciences division, and Lisa Keith will serve as associate dean of the sciences and mathematics division.
According to the university’s website, www.shorter.edu, the humanities division includes communication arts, English and modern languages, Christian studies, the Academy of Aristaeus (the university’s Honors Program), the Liberal Arts Foundation, sociology and psychology, international studies, history, and political science.
The university also has the Ledbetter School of Business, a school of education, a school of nursing and a school of fine and performing arts.