WCSU announces new dean, Macricostas School of Arts and Sciences

In June, Western announced that the new dean of the Macricostas School of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Mary “Missy” Alexander, would begin her new position on July 9, 2012.

Previously the assistant dean of the school of communications and the arts at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., Alexander has also served as the director of the Master of Arts program in communications and as an associate professor of communications at Marist, in addition to teaching as an adjunct instructor at Western and several other universities.

Alexander earned a doctorate in media ecology from New York University’s School of Education and a master’s degree in communications from Hunter College. She has also written numerous articles for scholarly publications and conferences and was honored as the Teaching Fellow of the Year during her doctoral candidacy.

“Dr. Alexander’s leadership philosophy of working with faculty and students to attain scholastic excellence will help us to continue building on our already thriving educational environment,” WCSU Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Jane McBride Gates said. “An experienced communicator who values critical thinking and writing skills, Dr. Alexander sets high educational standards while also meeting the needs of students by helping them achieve their own intellectual and professional goals. We look forward to her energetic and holistic insight and guidance.”

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Macricostas School of Arts and Sciences Dean Dr. Missy Alexander, previously an assistant dean at Marist College, brings a strong commitment to engagement of faculty and students in the pursuit of academic excellence to her new leadership role at WCSU.