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Tom DeLuca, dean of the W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation, will head to Oregon State University after the spring semester. DeLuca, who was appointed dean at UM in 2017, will take the dean of the College of Forestry position at OSU. The W.A. Franke College of Forestry joins the College of Business, the College of Humanities and Sciences and the College of Arts and Media in departments seeking to hire new permanent deans. 

The search committee tasked with finding candidates for DeLuca’s position consists of 14 UM staff members and students, including program directors, professors and ASUM representatives. 

Scott Whittenburg, vice president for research and creative scholarship, is the chair of the College of Forestry dean search committee. He said the committee will post an ad for the position soon, and plans to have this position filled before the fall semester of 2020. 

“Our primary consideration of course is getting the best person we can,” Whittenburg said. “If that can happen by July that would be great. If not, I’m sure we will have someone in place by the start of the next academic year.” 

Whittenburg said the College of Forestry dean is a very attractive position because of the quality of the school, faculty and campus location. He plans to look outward to bring candidates to Missoula. 

“Not to say there might not be candidates internally that wouldn’t be good. But for dean positions and above, we always want to make sure we look at a national and sometimes an international search,” Whittenburg said.

The College of Humanities and Sciences and the College of Arts and Media dean positions are set to be filled by July 2020, according to Provost Jon Harbor. Both colleges are currently accepting and reviewing applications. Jenny McNulty currently serves as interim dean for the College of Humanities and Sciences. John Deboer has served as interim dean for the College of Arts and Media since its creation last year.

While the College of Business is also in the acceptance and reviewal stage of the search, a specific completion date for the position isn’t listed on the academic hiring website. The announcement of Dr. Marketa Marvanova as the dean of the Skaggs School of Pharmacy in December was the most recent change.