Wright State names new liberal arts dean

Linda Caron, next dean of the WSU college of liberal arts.

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Linda Caron, next dean of the WSU college of liberal arts.

Wright State University has named a new dean in the college of liberal arts.

Linda Caron, who serves as associate dean, will take over as the college’s top leader on May 1.

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Caron has been associate dean since 2009 and previously served as interim dean briefly in 2012, according to the university. Caron came who WSU in 1998 as an assistant professor and later became a full professor and department chair.

Caron helped oversee the $30 million modernization of the Creative Arts Center and founded the annual ArtsGala.

“Dr. Caron has a wealth of experience and has been instrumental in the growth of the College of Liberal Arts — in facilities, events and programs,” provost Tom Sudkamp said in a prepared statement. “She has certainly demonstrated her leadership abilities.”

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Caron received her bachelor’s degree in art history from Smith College in Massachusetts and her doctorate in history of art from Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania, according to the university.

Caron replaces Kristin Sobolik, who in January accepted an offer to become the provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

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