Wells named interim dean

June 1, 2011
Contact: Karen B. Eldridge, Director of Communications
865.981.8207; karen.eldridge@maryvillecollege.edu

Dr. Barbara Wells, professor of sociology and chair of the College’s Social Sciences Division, has been named the interim vice president and dean of Maryville College. The appointment is effective today.

Maryville College President Dr. Tom Bogart announced the news last month in a memorandum to faculty, staff, students and members of the College’s Board of Directors.

Wells is replacing Dr. Jeffrey Fager, who left the College May 31.

"I am grateful to Barbara for agreeing to serve as interim dean,” the president said. “She has done an impressive job during her time as both a professor and in leading the Social Science Division. I am confident that her leadership as interim dean will be equally committed and effective.”

Wells, who joined the Maryville College faculty in 1998, has served as division chair since 2006. She was promoted to full professor last year.

She earned her master’s degree and doctoral degree from Michigan State University. She completed her undergraduate studies at Calvin College.

Wells has conducted much research on Latino families, and she has published a variety of academic articles on the subject and has received numerous grants and fellowships for continued study. She co-authored the textbook Diversity in Families (Prentice Hall, 9th edition) and has a book manuscript in final preparation with the title “Daughters and Granddaughters of Farmworkers: Emerging from the Long Shadow of Farm Labor.”

To help conduct a national search, the College has engaged Academic Search, a Washington, D.C.-based firm that works exclusively for colleges, universities and related organizations in their search for presidents and senior administrators. A campus committee composed of representatives from faculty, staff and the student body has been formed, as well. Dr. Daniel Klingensmith, associate professor of history and chair of the College’s faculty, is chairing the committee.

Bogart said he hopes a new dean will be named by the summer of 2012.

In response to Wells’ appointment, Dr. Jenifer Greene, associate professor of management, has assumed the duties of chair of the Social Sciences Division


Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state's third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the fall 2014 semester is 1,213.