WWU picks new dean for Fairhaven College

John “Jack” Herring has been appointed to serve as dean of Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies at Western Washington University, according to an announcement from the school’s provost, Catherine Riordan.

Herring, now dean for the campus-based undergraduate program at Prescott College in Prescott, Ariz., will begin at WWU in August. Herring was selected following a national search and will succeed Fairhaven College Dean Roger Gilman, who is retiring.

As dean at Prescott College, Herring supervises more than 60 faculty and staff and is responsible for delivery of 300 courses a year, enrollment projections, research and planning.

He has been at Prescott College since 1998, where he has served as a faculty member in the Environmental Studies Program, and as an associate dean and dean in the Resident Degree Program. Prior to that, he was a research associate in the Department of Meteorology at the University of Maryland, a Congressional Science Fellow and Legislative Aide in the U.S. House of Representatives, a post-doctoral research associate at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute, and an environmental chemist for the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation.

His scholarly background is in the area of atmospheric chemistry. He has a doctorate in atmospheric sciences from the University of Washington.

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