Announcement of Assistant Dean Appointment
December 01, 2017
A message from Dean Antczak--
It is with enormous thanks to the search committee, so ably chaired by Mark Williams, and to all who applied—and especially our finalists—that I announce my appointment of Professor George McBane of Chemistry as CLAS Assistant Dean for Research, Facilities Planning, and High Impact Practices.
Over and over, from every part of CLAS I heard what an enviable pool of candidates we had. Leaders all.
George will undertake his new duties on January 2. He will have the benefit of a handover from Merritt Taylor who did us the great service of taking on the interim role for a second stint. I speak for all in the College Office when I say that it was delight to be able to work closely with Merritt once again, and he set a high standard for his successor.
Those of you who know George may already be aware of his long history of service, dry humor, penchant for cycling, and that he won the Distinguished Contribution in a Discipline Award in 2010. He came to GVSU as an Assistant Professor in 2001. He is also known for his service to the university and CLAS, much of which is directly germane to his new portfolio. For instance, George has served on the GVSU Academic Policies and Standards Committee (2015–2017, chair 2016-17), CLAS Personnel Committee (2007- 2012), CLAS Principles for Equity in Allocation Task Force (PEAT, 2014), and the CLAS/Science and Math Research Space Allocation Committee (2005). He has been unit head of Chemistry since 2013.
George has secured a long list of grants and looks forward to learning the nuances of the grant seeking process across the spectrum of CLAS scholarly and creative activity.
As you know, this portfolio has a steep learning curve for anyone entering it due to the variety of spaces, types of high impact practices, and aspirations in our diverse college. This is a challenge he embraces, and your support will help him to help you.
Please join me in congratulating George on this new leadership role on behalf of us all.