Shannon Mathews has been named dean of the University of La Verne’s College of Arts and Sciences, University officials announced this week.
Mathews, who succeeds interim dean Brian Clocksin, will begin on Jan. 4. Clocksin will move to the provost’s office.
Mathews currently serves as dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences at Savannah State University. Previously she was interim associate dean of the College of Arts, Sciences, Business and Education at Winston-Salem State University.
Mathews, who hails from Pomona, earned her bachelor of arts in anthropology from Pomona College. She earned her master of arts in medical anthropology and doctorate in gerontology from the University of Kentucky, Lexington.
Provost Jonathan Reed noted in the emailed announcement that Mathews graduated from Ganesha High School in Pomona and is returning to the community she cares about.
“She also shares our deep commitment to community engagement and student success,” Reed wrote in the email.
Matthews will be the first woman to serve as a permanent dean in the College of Arts and Sciences.