May 29, 2009
SMU Dedman College Dean Cordelia Candelaria has decided for
personal reasons to resign from her position, effective May 31. Dr. Candelaria
expressed "considerable regret that serious personal circumstances require this
interruption of a productive and collegial collaboration in an exceptional
institution that I have been privileged to serve."
Since her appointment as dean, Dr. Candelaria has brought new perspectives and a
focus on interdisciplinary innovation to Dedman College. Under her leadership,
Dedman College has made additional outstanding faculty appointments, has
initiated new research efforts, and has contributed to the launch of SMU's
Second Century Campaign.
The campus is fortunate to have Professor Peter Moore, chair of the Dedman
College Department of Mathematics, prepared to serve as dean ad interim,
effective June 1. Appointed by Dr. Candelaria in April to serve as Dedman’s
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Dr. Moore has immersed himself in the
workings of the College. He is well prepared to step into this important role.
A committee is being formed to begin the search process.
We thank Dr. Candelaria for her service as dean and wish her the best in future
c: R. Gerald Turner, President