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Fuld Named Dean of College of Liberal Arts

By Lori Wright, Media Relations
November 18, 2009

Kenneth Fuld has been named dean of the College of Liberal Arts after serving as the college’s interim dean following the retirement of Dean Marilyn Hoskin in May 2008.

“Following in-depth deliberations with departmental chairs and conversations with the Faculty Senate and Agenda Committee, it is my pleasure to announce that Ken Fuld has been appointed to a five-year term as dean of the College of Liberal Arts. I am sure you will join me in congratulating Ken, and in looking forward to a long and productive relationship with him and his college,” said John Aber, University Professor and Provost.

“This appointment comes after a period of serious deliberation by the chairs and faculty in college, and reflects the wishes of the college, as well as my own. It is a tribute to Ken that, by providing leadership for more than a year in very difficult times, he has earned the respect and trust of the faculty he serves,” Aber said. “Ken has a long and distinguished record at UNH, as department chair and in the dean’s office. I am very glad to be able to make this appointment and look forward to a long and productive relationship with Ken and the college.”

A professor of psychology, Fuld joined the UNH psychology department in 1979 after spending three years as an NIH post-doctoral fellow at Brown University. He earned his Ph.D. from Dartmouth College and his B.A. from Northeastern University. He is also co-director of UNH’s war and peace studies program. After serving as chair of the psychology department for more than eight years, Fund joined the dean’s office as an associate dean in January 2008.

Fuld’s field of research is neuroscience, with a focus on vision and visual perception. He has published in leading journals on the topics of color vision, spatial vision, and physiological optics, among others, and has taught courses ranging from Introduction to Psychology at the undergraduate level to advanced seminars in color vision and the development of vision at the graduate level.

“I am honored to be appointed dean of the College of Liberal Arts. It is especially gratifying to have the support of so many of my colleagues on the liberal arts faculty. I am also delighted to continue to work with my fellow deans and Provost Aber and his staff, all of whom have been wonderfully supportive during my time as interim dean,” Fuld said.

“These are challenging times for the college, as is the case for the university and beyond. We are, nevertheless, making excellent progress in carrying out a number of collegewide initiatives that we introduced a year ago. I am convinced that such changes will contribute to the university’s strength and lead to more fulfilling and enriching experiences for our college’s faculty and students,” he said.“Finally, a word about the marvelous faculty and staff throughout the college. My work has been made so much easier by their wisdom and talents. It is an enormous relief to know I can continue to depend on their expertise and professionalism in my effort to serve them well.”

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