Veronica McComb has been appointed dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Bryant University in Smithfield, Rhode Island, effective July 1. Dr. McComb currently serves as dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Lenoir-Rhyne University, with three campus locations in North and South Carolina. She also serves as academic chair for the history department, and program coordinator for Africana studies. Earlier in her career, Dr. McComb was a member of the faculty at Boston University and Wheelock College in Boston.
“The issues affecting higher education make it clear that who is teaching and who is learning is changing in the 21st century,” Dr. McComb said in accepting the appointment. “Whether it is accelerating the transition from traditional disciplines to interdisciplinary thinking or enhancing the curriculum to integrate the genders, races, classes, ethnicities, faiths, and abilities of experts and learners, change is essential for today’s academic institutions. This is a critical time for us to cultivate 21st-century leaders, and Bryant University is poised to lead in this arena.”
Dr. McComb is a graduate of Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, where she majored in film and television studies. She earned a Ph.D. in American and New England studies from Boston University.