Dr. Beth Wright, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and a distinguished art historian, has announced that she will step down Dec. 31 after serving in her academic leadership position for more than a decade.
A national search for Wright’s successor will begin immediately, according to the Office of the Provost. Wright plans to take a year’s leave and will return to her position as a professor in the Department of Art and Art History in 2016.
The associate and assistant deans of the College of Liberal Arts will guide the College’s 12 departments and eight centers and programs until the selection of a new dean. Associate Dean Elisabeth Cawthon praised Wright for her legacy in leading the College.
“Dean Wright has been a master of the many details that make the college run smoothly, from faculty searches to research funding, student scholarships, and outreach among members of the community,” Cawthon said. “We will miss her as an administrator but look forward to her return to the classroom and an active research agenda.”
Under Wright’s leadership, the College of Liberal Arts has grown to include more than 4,500 students. The College awarded almost 1,200 degrees in the 2013-2014 academic year.
Read the University’s official release at uta.edu/news.