Left to right: Associate Dean Cameron Faustman, Gov. Dannel Malloy, Dean Gregory Weidemann. Students and volunteers from the College decorated the Governor’s Residence on Sunday, November 27. Photo by Bonnie Burr.
After serving as dean of the College for two highly successful and productive terms, Dean Gregory J. Weidemann announced earlier this fall that he will step down as dean of the College, effective January 11, 2017.
In an email addressed to members of the College, Dean Weidemann wrote, “When I arrived in Storrs in July, 2008, I publicly stated that I would serve no longer than ten years as dean. While I am stepping aside a bit earlier than that, much of what I set out to accomplish has been done and those items outstanding cannot be realized over the next few years. While the timing is never perfect, I believe that the time is right to hand over the reins to new leadership.”
He continued, “To each and every member of our College family, it has been a pleasure serving you as dean. I am very proud of what you do for our students and every Connecticut citizen each and every day. I have been blessed with an outstanding leadership team and I am confident in a smooth transition to new leadership.”
Provost Mun Choi will honor Dean Weidemann for his leadership and service to the College at a reception on December 8.
On Wednesday, November 30, Provost Choi announced that Associate Dean Cameron Faustman will serve as interim dean. A professor in the Department of Animal Science, Faustman is currently the College’s associate dean for academic programs and research and director of the Ratcliffe Hicks School of Agriculture.
In his announcement, the provost stated that “Cameron has been honored with local and national awards in both teaching and research, including his selection as a UConn Teaching Fellow. He has also assumed many leadership and service roles at UConn and is widely respected as a colleague across campus. We are grateful that Cameron, a University Scholar alum of UConn, has agreed to assume this additional leadership role, for many reasons, including his knowledge and commitment to both the University and the College.”
Faustman’s appointment as interim dean will begin January 12, 2017.