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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Brent Summers named assistant dean of Pott College

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Dr. R. Brent Summers has been named assistant dean of the University of Southern Indiana Pott College of Science and Engineering. The appointment is effective August 16.

In making the announcement, Dr. Scott A. Gordon, dean of the college, said, "Dr. Summers comes to the Pott College office with tremendous administrative experience both at USI and at Campbellsville University, where he served as chair of the Division of Natural Science for several years. We look forward to having him in this position where he can utilize his talents to assist the college in continued excellence and service to our constituents."

Summers joined the University in 2005. His promotion from assistant professor to associate professor of biology is effective August 23. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, he serves as program director of the Baccalaureate/Doctor of Medicine program and advisor to students in pre-medicine. He also is co-coordinator of the Presidential Scholar program.

Since summer 2009, Summers has served as a faculty mentor in the Pott College's Southwest Indiana STEM Early Undergraduate Research Program. Funded by a portion of a grant from the National Science Foundation, the experience offers students an opportunity to serve as research assistants in ongoing research projects in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields. Summers has received grants from the Vanderburgh County Soil and Water Conservation District, the Indiana Chapter of the Nature Conservancy, and other organizations to serve as principal investigator for a number of projects. He also has led workshops offering professional development for teachers in STEM fields.

Summers earned bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees at the University of Louisville. He joined Campbellsville University in 1999 and was named chair of the Division of Natural Science in 2002.

He said, "I am excited to take on these new responsibilities as assistant dean of the Pott College. I look forward to supporting the efforts of the faculty, students, and staff of the college."

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