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NEW INTERIM DEAN FOR COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS

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Posted on January 13, 2011

Dr. Mohamed Yamba will serve as interim dean of the College of Liberal Arts, President Angelo Armenti, Jr. has announced.

Yamba replaces Dr. Michael Hummel, who will return to the classroom. Hummel became acting dean of the College in January 2009, after serving as chair of the Department of Justice, Law and Society.

“I want to thank Dr. Hummel for the great work he has done as dean of the College of Liberal Arts, and to welcome him back to the ranks of the faculty,” President Armenti said.

“I know that his students will welcome his return to the classroom, and I wish him well in all his future endeavors."

 A faculty member since 1989 and now past chair of the Department of History and Political Science, Yamba earned dual master’s degrees in international affairs and political science with a certificate in public administration at Ohio University. He earned his Ph.D. in public policy research and analysis at the University of Pittsburgh's Graduate School of Public and International Affairs.

"I am delighted that Dr. Yamba has accepted my offer to serve as interim dean of the College of Liberal Arts,” said President Armenti. “He comes highly recommended for this position because of his excellent work as a professor and academic department chair. 

“I am confident that he will do a fine job in this new role, and I look forward very much to working with him."

Yamba, who was born in Old Tafo, Ghana, is affiliated with the Frederick Douglass Institute at Cal U. He coordinates the Harrisburg Internship Semester (THIS) and the Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Essay Competition.

His perspective is both global and local: In addition to his University duties, Yamba is a member of the steering committee of Researchers' Alliance for Development (RAD), a key component of the World Bank. He also volunteers to read to children at Dunbar Elementary School in Connellsville.

In May 2002 Yamba received the Faculty Professional Development Committee Merit Award for Research. He was honored in June 2010 at the President’s Gala, where he received the President’s Faculty Award for Service.

“ I look forward to serving as interim dean of Liberal Arts and working with so many outstanding faculty,” said Yamba. “I sincerely appreciate the opportunity President Armenti and Provost (Geraldine) Jones have given me.

“The University has gone through a metamorphosis, both academically and physically, during my 20 years as a faculty member,” Yamba added. “Several faculty are doing cutting-edge research, which is recognized by scholars across a wide spectrum of disciplines.  

“I plan to encourage and support their efforts, as our students are the real beneficiaries their work. The world is our next stage, and I intend to work diligently to enhance that step.”

As he resumes his teaching duties, Hummel also will serve as director of the newly established Linda and Harry Serene Leadership Institute.

"It has been a fun and fulfilling experience, rich in learning and professional growth,” he said of his time in the dean’s office.

“As a faculty member in the Department of Justice, Law and Society, I have books to write, students to teach and service to seek. I know that Dr. Yamba will receive the same professional support that I received."