Effective July 1, 2014, Ian Baucom will become the Buckner W. Clay Dean of the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences.
Dean Baucom will take the helm after serving the past 17 years in Duke University’s Department of English. He was a professor of English and directed the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute at Duke.
“The job of dean of the College represents a rare opportunity to help shape the future of the liberal arts and sciences at one of America’s great institutions of higher education,” Baucom said. “Success will demand a great deal of strategic planning, energy and extraordinary collaboration among University leadership, College faculty and the College Foundation, students and staff. I am thrilled and eager to get started.”
He succeeds Meredith Jung-En Woo, who served as dean for six years. After a sabbatical, Professor Woo – an expert in international political economy and East Asian politics – plans to return to the College and focus full-time on teaching and research.