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Fedock, Dana named interim deans

April 29, 2011

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Joseph Fedock and Susan Dana have been named interim deans for the Montana State University colleges of Arts and Architecture and Business respectively, MSU Provost Martha Potvin announced today.

Fedock and Dana will begin their one-year interim appointments on July 1. National searches for both positions will begin this spring to fill the vacancies created by the departures of College of Business Dean Dan Moshavi and College of Arts and Architecture Dean Susan Agre-Kippenhan.

Fedock is currently the senior vice provost of academic affairs and professor of civil engineering at MSU. He previously served as interim provost and vice president for academic affairs, associate dean of the College of Engineering and dean of the College of Graduate Studies at MSU. Fedock holds a bachelor's degree from Arizona State University, a master's from the University of Colorado, and a doctorate from the University of New Mexico.

Prior to assuming his MSU positions, he served as a faculty member and department head at Santa Clara University from 1979 to 1990. He is an accreditation evaluator for the Northwest Commission of Colleges and Universities. Fedock is the author of numerous articles on earthquake engineering and structural dynamics and has served as a member of the California Seismic Safety Commission's Strong-Motion Instrumentation Program.

Dana is an associate professor of business who is currently the associate dean for academic affairs and director of the Bracken Center for Excellence in Undergraduate Business Education at the MSU-Bozeman College of Business. Her primary academic area of expertise includes business law, negotiation and international business. She is the MSU prelaw adviser and has served on a variety of committees at MSU including currently the Research Compliance Committee and the International Programs Committee. Before coming to MSU 16 years ago, she previously taught business organizations and international trade law at the University of Montana School of Law, and was an associate at the Washington D.C. law firm of Wilmer Cutler & Pickering. She holds a J.D. from Stanford Law School and a B.A. from Brown University.

Moshavi has accepted the position of dean of the School of Business and Leadership at Dominican University of California in San Rafael.

Moshavi came to MSU in 2000 as professor of management. He was appointed interim dean in 2008 and dean in 2009. Moshavi has won 10 different teaching awards including the President's Excellence in Teaching Award and the Cox Award for Creative Scholarship and Teaching.

As dean, Moshavi has helped secure significant gifts for an entrepreneurship center, scholarships and a business communications clinic and he has created customized executive education programs and increased professional development opportunities for College of Business students. Moshavi holds a doctorate from the University of Oregon and bachelor's and master's degrees from George Washington University.

Agre-Kippenhan has accepted the position of vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty at Linfield College in McMinnville, Ore.

Agre-Kippenhan has served as dean of MSU's College of Arts & Architecture since 2006. Under her tenure, the college gained new directors and faculty in each of the four academic schools, added a new degree in music technology and a master's degree in art history. Agre-Kippenhan received the Judith Ramaley Faculty Award for Community-Based Learning in 2006, the Kellogg Civic Engagement Award in 2001 and numerous Learn and Serve Grants from the Corporation for National Service.

Prior to coming to MSU, Agre-Kippenhan served as chair of the Department of Art at Portland State University, visiting art and design professor at the University of Ulsan in South Korea, and art professor at Loyola University Chicago. She holds a Master's of Fine Arts degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her bachelor's is from Skidmore College.

Tracy Ellig (406) 994-5607 tellig@montana.edu