Professor appointed as new dean of arts and humanities

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Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost George Breslauer announced in an email to campus officials last Thursday that professor Anthony Cascardi has been appointed as the new dean of arts and humanities.

A professor of comparative literature, Spanish, Portuguese and rhetoric, Cascardi will begin his term July 1. He has chaired both the Department of Comparative Literature and the Rhetoric Department in the past and also served as the interim dean of arts and humanities in 2005-06.

Currently, Cascardi is the director of the Doreen B. Townsend Center for the Humanities at UC Berkeley. The center focuses on encouraging interdisciplinary research and conversation among different departments as well as utilizing academic resources on campus, rather than devoting large percentages of campus resources to hosting residential scholars from other institutions.

"Tony's record of scholarship also makes him eminently qualified for the job of Dean of Arts and Humanities," Breslauer said in the email. "Tony has a deep understanding of the needs and ambitions of the faculty, staff, and students, and has shown himself to be a creative and successful leader. He has earned the trust of the administration and the respect and admiration of his colleagues."

Cascardi will replace Janet Broughton, who has been serving as dean since 2006 when she replaced Cascardi to take on the position full-time. Broughton was appointed as vice provost for academic affairs and faculty welfare in November. On July 1, she will replace Sheldon Zedeck, who retired at the end of 2010.

Katie Nelson is an assistant news editor. Contact her at [email protected]

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