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Prof. Richard Cole appointed interim dean

Prof. Richard Cole appointed interim dean

Dr. Richard Cole, interim ACM dean

Vice President for Academic Affairs Zvi Szafran has appointed Prof. C. Richard Cole interim dean of the School of Architecture and Construction Management following the retirement of Dean Bill Barnes in June.

“Prof. Cole has had a long and distinguished career, both in professional practice and in academia,” Dr. Szafran noted.

He is a licensed architect with a master’s degree in architecture from Georgia Tech and a certificate from the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) and has maintained an architectural consulting practice in the area of commercial design since 1989. He served as vice president and project manager at Wise, Simpson, Aiken and Associates from 1978 to 1989.

Prof. 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 their Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year in 1989 and 1990 and he served as moderator of the SPSU Faculty Senate from 1989 to 1990.

During the 2011-12 academic year he chaired the Architecture Department’s Academic Council, which developed the department’s newly adopted strategic plan.

The search for a permanent dean will commence in fall 2013.