White reappointed as dean of Human Sciences

Senior vice president and provost Jonathan Wickert has reappointed Pam White, dean of the College of Human Sciences, to a second five-year term.

During her first term, White led the college through several years of shrinking budgets and the transition to a new budgeting system, amid significant enrollment growth. She also formed the School of Education and helped increase private gifts to the college.

"Pam has a done a great job in her first term as dean," Wickert said. "She is very well respected both inside and outside the College of Human Sciences, is an excellent communicator and cares deeply about the college's students, faculty and staff."

White served as interim dean of the former College of Family and Consumer Sciences for two years before its merger with the College of Education in 2005, and then served as interim dean of the new College of Human Sciences on two occasions before being named permanent dean in 2009.

"Serving as dean of the College of Human Sciences has been one of the most gratifying experiences of my career," White said. "I look forward to continuing my work with faculty and staff to further build the School of Education, grow sponsored funding and enhance the college's undergraduate and graduate programs."

Review of the dean

Wickert expressed thanks to the college's committee to review the dean, which managed the comprehensive review process. The committee was chaired by Ann Marie Fiore, professor of apparel, events and hospitality management. Additional members were:

  • David Acker, associate dean, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Agriculture Experiment Station
  • Warren Franke, professor, kinesiology
  • Suzanne Hendrich, University Professor, food science and human nutrition
  • Ruth MacDonald, professor and chair, food science and human nutrition
  • Jennifer Margrett, associate professor, human development and family studies
  • Daniel Robinson, University Professor, School of Education

Wickert also noted his appreciation to Human Sciences faculty and staff who took part in the review process, whether through an electronic survey, an open forum or insight shared with a member of the review committee.

White, a University Professor of food science and human nutrition, earned bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Washington, Seattle, and a doctorate in food technology from Iowa State. She joined the faculty in 1975.