Missouri State announced Tuesday that the College of Humanities and Public Affairs and the College of Arts and Letters will be reunited.
Together, they will be known as the Judith Enyeart Reynolds College of Arts and Humanities. It will become the third largest college at the Springfield-based university.
According to a news release, the creation of the new college emphasizes the importance of Humanities and the arts to the academic core of Missouri State — bucking a trend across higher education. It also reflects earlier structures in the university when Arts and Humanities were a single division, prior to the creation of Colleges in 1985.
“This is an exciting time for the university,” said President Clif Smart, in the release. “The new college demonstrates our commitment to and continued support of the arts and humanities.”
They credited Zora Mulligan, executive vice president, and John Jasinski, interim provost, for their leadership in the matter.
Earlier this year, MSU announced a major initiative to revitalize and transform academic affairs.
The merger of the two colleges is the first and most important step in the realignment process. The new college becomes official on July 1.
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Between Jan. 5 and May 31, 2023, the college Deans Victor Matthews and Shawn Wahl will lead a transition team to prepare for the launch of the new college.
According to the release, they will focus on strengthening Faculty teaching, research and service Collaboration across the arts and humanities.
Wahl will lead the new college. Matthews previously announced plans to retire on June 30.
“Missouri State is a valued institution in the state,” said Jasinski, in the release. “Our goal is to continue to build on its innovative spirit and strengths as we head into the future.”