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Rich Cole's appointment as dean of ACM now permanent

Dean Richard Cole

JULY 2, 2013 – Prof. C. Richard Cole has received a permanent appointment as the dean of SPSU’s School of Architecture and Construction Management (ACM), effective July 1.

“After a meeting with the chairs and faculty of the departments of Architecture and Construction Management, the overwhelming consensus was that Dean Cole had done an outstanding job in the interim role,” said Dr. Zvi Szafran, vice president for Academic Affairs. “His commitment to communication and openness about his plans for the future of the school were ambitious and inclusive of both departments.”

That vision for the future direction of both departments was one of the driving forces behind the decision to make his interim position permanent – the majority of faculty felt Dean Cole should have more time to carry out his vision, he explained. Regarding his personal evaluation of Dean Cole, Dr. Szafran said, “He has done an outstanding job in bringing the two departments together, and he is leading the School of ACM in a very productive direction.”

Dean Cole is a licensed architect with a master’s degree in architecture from Georgia Tech. He holds a certificate from the National Council of Architectural Boards (NCARB) and is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). He has maintained an architectural consulting practice in the area of commercial design since 1989 and served as vice president and project manager at Simpson and Associates, Architects and Planners (formerly, Wise, Simpson, Aiken and Associates) from 1978 to 1989 before practicing as C. Richard Cole, Architect, and later, Cole Architects.

Dean Cole has taught second-, third-, fourth- and fifth-year Design Studio courses at SPSU since 1987, as well as the architecture core course Professional Practice and Ethics. The student Government Association chose him as the Outstanding Faculty member of the year in 1989-90, and again for the 2012-13 year. The SPSU faculty awarded him the Outstanding Faculty Award in 1989, and he served as moderator of the Faculty Senate during the1989-90 academic year. In 2011-12, he chaired the Architecture department’s Academic Council, which developed a departmental strategic plan.

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