Green Bay, Wis. — University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Chancellor Gary L. Miller today announced the appointment and expanded role of Scott Furlong, recently named Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. Furlong assumes the new role after serving as the Dean of UW‑Green Bay’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences for almost a decade. Furlong is the third dean to be appointed in the University’s new four-college model, the first major restructuring of academic administration at the University in two decades.
“Dean Furlong has a proven track record for moving academic efforts forward,” says Chancellor Miller. “His 23 years of service and his collaborative spirit provide stability and cohesiveness for this new college and our new model. We’re excited to watch the growth of programs under Dean Furlong and his team as we strive to meet the many needs of employers in our region.”
The Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences provides leadership for the University’s visual and performing arts, humanities, communication, computer and information sciences and social sciences programs. The Dean is responsible for budget, personnel, curriculum, strategic planning and constituent relations in promoting the University and the College.
“I have always believed in the value of a liberal arts education,” Furlong noted. “The knowledge and skills such an education provides are the best way to support our students’ success in whatever they choose to do in life,” Furlong noted. “I am excited about the future and the new programs we already have in development that will meet the interests of our students and the needs of the marketplace.
“I believe the faculty in the new College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences are an extremely innovative group of tremendous teachers and scholars,” he said. “Many are nationally known scholars in their fields. Others are well known for the quality of their teaching. Most importantly, all of the faculty are extremely committed to student success and are at the forefront of many of the best practices promoted by the college and university community. Our faculty are also involved in a range of community outreach, performance, and research activities taking advantage of their background and passions to make the Green Bay and Northeast Wisconsin community a better place.”
According to Furlong, new programs in the works for the College include online degrees in Psychology and Human Development, the creation of a strings program and Music Technology program (Music Department), and new emphases in Game Studies, Health Communication, and Digital and Public Humanities. Furlong’s extensive achievements include institutional and program development, including work to improve the undergraduate educational model, grant development, support of the first-year experience to improve student retention, and general education reform.
He has collaborated with other colleges to bring new academic programs and degrees to the region including engineering technology, an innovative and collaborative online Sustainability Management graduate degree, and the Environmental Management and Business Institute at the University. Furlong also served as the university liaison for the recent partnership with the Medical College of Wisconsin.
“It has been my pleasure to work with Scott Furlong over the years, most recently in implementing three Engineering Technology majors (Electrical, Mechanical and Environmental), said John Koker, Dean of the College of Letters and Science at UW-Oshkosh. “Over the years, Scott has emerged as a leader among the UW System liberal arts deans. He is keenly aware of the pressing issues facing public higher education and brings good insight and problem solving skills to meet these challenges.”
Furlong earned a Ph.D. in Political Science and a Master’s in Public Administration from The American University (Washington D.C.) School of Public Affairs in January 1993 and May 1987, respectively. He attended the Harvard Institute of Management and Leadership in Education (MLE) in 2010. Furlong was awarded a bachelor’s degree from St. Lawrence University (Canton, NY) in May of 1985.
Furlong is published extensively (books, journals, chapters and reviews) particularly in subject area of public and regulatory policy. He is co-author of the popular textbook, Public Policy: Politics, Analysis, and Alternatives (Washington D.C.:CQ Press), now in the writing of its sixth edition.
Earlier this year UWGB Professor John Katers was named founding Dean of UW‑Green Bay’s College of Science and Technology and Susan Gallagher-Lepak was named Dean of the College of Health, Education and Social Welfare.
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