Southern College names new dean
(March 7, 2001) - Florida Southern College (FSC) President Thomas
L. Reuschling announced today that Dr. Susan P. Conner has been
selected as vice president and dean of the college, a position responsible
for hiring faculty members, leading curricular revisions and supervising
all academic operations. A history professor, Conner comes to Florida
Southern from Central Michigan University (CMU), where she most
recently served as associate dean of the College of Humanities and
Social & Behavioral Sciences. She will take over the position
at FSC July 1.
FSC began a
nationwide search for a new dean in November after Dean Nancy Aumann
left to take a position within the New York State University system.
Joan Buccino, professor of economics and Dorotha C. Tanner Chair
in Ethics in Business and Economics, has served as interim dean
since Aumann’s departure.
excited about having Dr. Conner join FSC. She was chosen from more
than 90 candidates, and we believe she will be a tremendous asset
as the college continues its growth in programs and quality,"
received her bachelor’s degree from Armstrong State College in Savannah,
Ga., in 1969. She earned a master’s degree in history from The Florida
State University (FSU) in 1974 and a doctorate from FSU in 1977.
dean at CMU, Conner fully shared the responsibilities of overseeing
eight departments with more than 250 full- and part-time faculty
and almost 100 funded graduate students. The college houses five
doctoral programs, several masters programs, and has a budget of
nearly $15 million. She also served in other roles at CMU including
history department chair, chair of the faculty senate, and chair
of the Council of Chairs.
Prior to joining
CMU, Conner was a full-time faculty member and social sciences department
head at Tift College in Forsyth, Ga. A published author, Conner
has contributed to several books in addition to authoring papers
and book reviews. She is a member of several professional organizations,
including the American Association for Higher Education, the American
Association of University Women and the American Historical Society.
Conner was listed in Who’s Who of American Women in 1985 and Who’s
Who in American Colleges and Universities in 1969. A member of the
Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society, Conner received the Central
Michigan University Excellence in Teaching award in 1991 and was
named Fellow of the International Napoleonic Society in 1995.
About Florida Southern College
Southern is a four-year, private, co-educational liberal arts college
affiliated with the United Methodist Church. The college offers more
than 40 undergraduate majors and a master of business administration
degree accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association
of Colleges and Schools. More than 80 percent of FSC faculty members
have the highest degrees in their disciplines. Located in Lakeland,
Fla., the college is home to the largest, single-site collection of
Frank Lloyd Wright architecture in the world.