YSU names new dean of College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

Kristine Blair has been named the new dean of Youngstown State University's College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences.
Kristine Blair has been named the new dean of Youngstown State University's College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Kristine Blair, professor and former chair of English at Bowling Green State University, has been selected the new dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences at Youngstown State University.

Blair will start the new position on May 16. The appointment must be formally approved by the Board of Trustees in March, according to a news release from the university.

“Dr. Blair’s administrative and teaching experience at a public university in Ohio, as well as her passion for writing and academic scholarship, make her an excellent match to head our College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences,” said Martin Abraham, YSU provost and vice president for Academic Affairs. “We look forward to Kristine’s arrival on campus and her leadership for this important academic unit.”

The College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences consists of nearly 1,900 students, nine academic departments and seven interdisciplinary programs, offering 20 majors. Blair replaces Jane Kestner, who has been serving as interim dean of the college since Shearle Furnish left the post in the summer of 2014.

Blair earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s degree in English from California State University, and she received a PhD in English Rhetoric from Purdue University.

She was an assistant professor of English at Texas A&M University Corpus Christi before joining the English faculty at Bowling Green in 1996, rising to the rank of professor in 2006. She was chair of the English Department at Bowling Green from 2005 to 2014.

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