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Dr. Jerry Pubantz will step down from LIHC deanship

Photo of Dr. Jerry Pubantz speaking during a past eventThe honors college is losing its distinguished leader.

“It is with both pride in his many accomplishments and regret over the loss of his talents that I write to inform you that Dr. Jerry Pubantz has elected to step down from the deanship of the Lloyd International Honors College (LIHC), effective July 31 of this year,” Provost Dunn announced in an email to campus Jan. 14.

Provost Dana Dunn presented the news during the January Faculty Senate meeting, with Pubantz in attendance. The faculty senators gave him a hearty ovation.

Her email message cited his many accomplishments:

“Initially appointed to the position of Director of the LIHC in August 2008, Dr. Pubantz assumed the deanship in August 2010, following a broad reconceptualization of the College and associated honors programming at UNCG. Under Dr. Pubantz’s leadership, the College witnessed a period of significant growth and development in virtually every aspect of it operations. During this time, the College:

  • Provided leadership to the ACE Internationalization Project and UNCG’s Global QEP
  • Created the International Honors Program
  • Increased enrollment in the Honors College by 25%, to 960
  • Increased Disciplinary Honors enrollments by nearly 50% since 2010
  • Increased the number of Honors students studying abroad by 258%, to 111 in 2013-14
  • Increased applications to the International Honors Program by 343%, to nearly 700 in 2014
  • Created or designated many new scholarships for the Honors College
  • Implemented a comprehensive Honors Advising programming to assist students in preparing for professional and graduate school
  • Crafted articulation agreements with Honors programs at Southwestern Community College and Durham Tech
  • Designated two Honors residence halls, plus a third to open fall 2015, which can house nearly 400 Honors students on campus
  • Developed New Honors and UNCG Programming, including:

Faculty Fellows Program
Chancellor’s Resident Fellow Program
Honors Common Reading Project
UNCG Think Tank
Food for Thought
Artists in Residence Program

  • Developed New Student Curricular and Leadership Opportunities for Honors students, including:

Honors Student Ambassadors
OWLs Peer Mentors
Mandatory Service-Learning Course with Student Reflection Leaders
World Model UN
Self-Designed Interdisciplinary Major

Dr. Pubantz’s scholarship focuses on Russia and the former Soviet Republics, the United Nations, international relations and American foreign policy. He has remained actively engaged in his discipline throughout his administrative service, helping to facilitate his transition back to Political Science on a full-time basis.

A nominating committee will soon be appointed for the purpose of identifying internal candidates to fill the Lloyd International Honors College deanship on an interim basis, effective August 1, 2015, for a period of up to two years. Details will follow in the coming weeks.