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Larry Hufford, the Dean of UM’s College of Humanities and Sciences, stepped down from his position this week. 

According to Reed Humphrey, the interim provost, Dean Hufford sent a memorandum saying he wanted to use his right to be a part of the faculty of biological sciences on Tuesday. 

Humphrey said that deans of colleges often assess their position, and then determine whether they want to stay in that role or transition. 

“This was not expected to me,” Humphrey said. “But I respect that decision and appreciate it. I think that Larry (Hufford) will be a terrific faculty member in biological sciences.”

As for the future of the College of Humanities and Sciences, Humphrey said it is a work in progress. He said that he will begin looking for an interim dean to step in, and that it is likely that the college will have an interim dean for the better part of the next year. 

While the search is going on for an interim dean for the College of Humanities and Sciences, Humphrey said that the college’s three associate deans will be stepping up to provide leadership. 

“We have three really excellent associate deans in Humanities and Sciences, and I am confident that they can provide collaborative leadership,” Humphrey said.

With the College of Humanities and Sciences making up over half  of the student population at UM, Humphrey said that it is foundational to campus. He added that he is committed to making certain that the College of Humanities and Sciences has plenty of offerings for students. 

“Without (the College of) Humanities and Sciences, we’re not the same University,” Humphrey said. 

This story will be updated.