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School of Behavioral and Applied Sciences Names New Dean

by University Relations

Robert Welsh, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Graduate Psychology, stepped up as the new dean of the School of Behavioral and Applied Sciences (BAS) on July 15, 2012. The appointment followed a nationwide search by an eight-member committee assisted by the Bradley Resource Group and led by Provost Mark Stanton, Ph.D.

“We prayerfully considered several national candidates before identifying Dr. Welsh as the sole finalist,” said Stanton. “The positive comments offered by faculty, staff, and university leaders echoed his strong commitment to the university and vision for BAS, and confirmed that God had identified the right leader for this next chapter.”

Welsh evidences a strong calling to this position and a vision for increased community across the various disciplines within BAS that grows out of his deep understanding of the school. BAS comprises 7 departments with more than 75 faculty, and 4 bachelor’s, 6 master’s, and 4 doctoral programs. He will engage in the development of existing programs and consider opportunities for new initiatives that further the university’s mission and purpose. “I am most excited to work with the talented faculty and staff in the school as they are an inspiration to the students, their colleagues, and the institution,” said Welsh.

Since joining the Department of Graduate Psychology in 2003, Welsh has demonstrated academic excellence in his personal scholarship and assumed increasing responsibility for the programs in the department. A prolific scholar with more than 30 publications, numerous juried conference presentations, and research grants (including a recent John Templeton Foundation grant with Paul Alexander that focused on Christian peace and justice activists working in conflict zones), Welsh understands the importance of research and how to support faculty and student endeavors and resources needed for research. “It is a tremendous privilege to serve as dean of the School of Behavioral and Applied Sciences,” said Welsh. “I look forward to advancing BAS’ mission to make a significant difference in the world by preparing effective leaders in the helping professions.”

Originally published in the Fall '12 issue of APU Life.