Dr. Alissa J. Arp has accepted an offer from Southern Oregon University to become the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Dr. Alissa J. Arp has accepted an offer from Southern Oregon University to become the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Arp has served as the vice president for research and dean of the college of natural sciences at Hawaii Pacific University since 2006, and has held the rank of professor since 1994.

In her role as vice president and dean, she has managed a budget in excess of $6 million and has been leading a university-wide research initiative for a faculty of 600, and developing a science division that serves more than 500 full-time students with 55 full -and part-time faculty.

She has established a master of science degree program and built an innovative partnership with an affiliate research institute in the marine science area.

"Dr. Arp brings extensive experience in all aspects of university administration, from academic affairs to public and governmental relations," SOU Provost James Klein said. "She will have a solid foundation for working with the faculty to build the future of the College of Arts and Sciences." The CAS faculty affirmed her appointment. She takes over for founding dean of the College, Dr. Josie Wilson, and begins work on June 1.

As a faculty member, Arp taught extensively, and was the director of the Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies from 1995 to 2006.

She garnered resources in excess of $10 million for operations and infrastructure improvement, and increased grant revenues from $1 million to more than $13 million during the 11 years she was director.

Arp brings extensive experience in all aspects of university administration, from academic affairs to public and governmental relations, according to university officials, who believe she will have a solid foundation for working with the faculty to build the future of the College of Arts and Sciences.

"I am particularly pleased to be moving from a career that has been largely focused on science into a more integrated liberal arts arena, where I hope to sustain and enhance interdisciplinary programs and seek out creative opportunities for community collaboration and local and national funding for SOU programs," Arp said.