Dean appointed for College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences

Richard Rothaus

The College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences will have a new dean, Richard Rothaus, come August.

According to a press release from Central Michigan University, Provost Michael Gealt announced June 5 that Rothaus has been appointed dean of CHSBS.

Rothaus will begin his role as dean on Aug. 1.

With three finalists, Rothaus was selected from a search committee's national search. The search committee was chaired by College of Education and Human Services dean, Dale-Elizabeth Pehrsson, which consisted of 15 CMU faculty and staff members.

Since 2015, Rothaus served as vice chancellor of academic and student affairs at North Dakota University System. He also served as director of academic programs, research and accreditation, the release stated.

Rothaus has a doctoral degree in history from Ohio State University, a masters degree from Vanderbilt University and a bachelor's degree from Florida State University. 

According to the release, Rothaus taught history at St. Cloud State University and Oklahoma State University. From 2000-2008 he also served as assistant vice president for research and faculty development at St. Cloud State, the release stated.

The new dean is replacing Marcy Taylor, who has served as CHSBS's interim dean since the retirement of former Dean Pamela Gates in January.