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Welcome to SPSU’s newest dean


Dr. Thomas Nelson, who formerly headed the Department of Biology at North Georgia College & State University (NGCSU), took up his new post as dean of the School of Arts and Sciences on July 1 and was introduced to SPSU faculty at the General Faculty Meeting on
July 7.

Prior to joining NGCSU in 2008, Dr. Nelson served for 14 years as professor and director of the Environmental Biology Program at Eastern Illinois University and five years as chair of the Biology Department at Arkansas Tech University. Dr. Nelson holds a degree in Biological Sciences from Illinois State University and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Ecology from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale.

Dr. Nelson’s research specialties are in wildlife ecology and directing undergraduate research, areas to which he has contributed over 30 professional papers and 70 presentations at conferences and workshops.

Welcome to SPSU, Dr. Nelson!