Dr. D. Antonio “Dean” Cantu will begin Feb. 1 as the new dean of the College of Health, Education, and Humanities at the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith. The search for the new lead administrator began in June. His annual salary at UAFS will be $178,000.
Dr. Carolyn Mosley retired as Dean of the College of Health Sciences in May 2019. At the time, Dr. Ron Darbeaug, Dean of the College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics and the School of Education was appointed Acting Dean of the College. health sciences as well. Darbeau was appointed Provost at Lock Haven University and left UAFS in June 2020. Lyn Korvick has served as Acting Dean of the College of Health, Education, and Humanities since then.
The university announced a major realignment of the organizational structure in April. The realignment, which began July 1, will result in $1.69 million in annual savings or new revenue, said UAFS Chancellor Dr. Terisa Riley. This realignment included moving to a three-college academic model, including the College of Health, Education, and Humanities; the College of Business and Industry and the College of Arts and Sciences.
“I am very pleased that Dr. Cantu has chosen to come to UAFS as the inaugural Dean of the College of Health, Education, and Human Sciences,” said UAFS Provost Dr. Georgia Hale. . “His extensive experience includes leading the successful merger of multiple departments, which will be invaluable as he works with department leaders, faculty and staff within this newly created college.”
In all areas represented by the college – health sciences, education, humanities, there is a critical need for individuals in the respective professions, Cantu said.
“It makes our responsibility all the greater to continue to build on the foundation that these respective academic programs and units provide,” he said. “As for specific partnerships, one of the things I will do, the first agendas, will be to meet with my management team. …and get to know them and the programs and learn more about the community partnerships that have already been formed and what we can do to continue to support and nurture them.
In doing so, Cantu said he believes the college will be able to continue to meet the needs of the community for students entering professions who see a great need.
“I am truly grateful for this opportunity to work with the college’s extremely dedicated and exceptionally talented faculty and staff to provide our students with an educational experience aligned with the mission of UAFS, which will prepare them to succeed in an ever-changing environment. evolution. world,” he said.
Cantu said he is most looking forward to working collaboratively with the leadership team, faculty, staff, community partners and alumni.
“Collaboration is key to building on the rich tradition of excellence in each of the college’s unique programs and striving to provide our students with the best possible educational experience to prepare them for their respective career-focused professions. physical, mental, social and educational care of our communities. Indeed, the pandemic serves to remind us all of the critical importance of this burden and how essential these professions are in our society,” he said.
Cantu is Associate Dean and Chair of the Department of Education, Counseling, and Leadership at Bradley University, a private university in Peoria, Illinois. During his 13 years at Bradley, he oversaw strategic initiatives including the merger of two separate academic departments into one. unity and the development and implementation of a five-year departmental strategic plan. He also managed unit affairs, governance and management, climate assessment and improvement, and the comprehensive evaluation and revision of department policies, procedures, and practices to better serve students. , faculty and staff of its division and the university as a whole. He also works as a research fellow at the Future Institute Research Center.
Previously, he served as Dean and Professor of Education at Indiana University Kokomo and Director of Social Studies Education at Ball State University. Prior to his work in education, Cantu served in the military as an S2 Intelligence Officer for the 5/33 Armored Battalion, 194th Armored Brigade at Fort Knox, Ky.
He holds a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Southern Illinois University; an education specialist degree in teaching from a community college, a master’s degree in history and a bachelor’s degree in social science education from Arkansas State University, and an associate’s degree in social science from Highland Community College.