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Dr. Ann Staton joins TWU as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences



DENTON — A desire to return to academic life led Dr. Ann Staton to leave the corporate environment for Texas Woman’s University. The new dean of TWU’s College of Arts and Sciences says that, despite their differences, academia and business are connected through the liberal arts, which she considers the foundation of an educated mind.

“One of the many things I learned from the corporate world is that business needs employees who are broadly educated as critical thinkers, literate writers, articulate communicators and creative problem solvers who can gather and analyze data to make sound, reasoned, informed decisions,” she said.

Dr. Staton holds degrees in oral communication and English from Baylor University, and a doctorate in speech communication from the University of Texas at Austin. She was a member of the College of Arts and Sciences faculty and administration at the University of Washington in Seattle for more than 20 years, serving as a professor of communication and as chair of the department of communication. She then returned to her native Texas, where she worked for five years as executive vice president of Staton Wholesale, a large, family-owned wholesale apparel company with corporate offices in Dallas.

Dr. Carolyn Gunning, TWU interim provost and vice president for academic affairs, said Dr. Staton’s academic and corporate experience will be an asset to the university as well as the College of Arts and Sciences.
“Today’s academic leaders need to bridge the academic, public and corporate worlds and communicate effectively with diverse groups,” Dr. Gunning said. “Dr. Staton has a strong record of interaction with students, faculty, staff and community members. We are pleased to welcome her to TWU.”

As dean, Dr. Staton takes on a role previously held by Dr. Richard Rodean, who retired following the spring 2005 semester. “Dr. Rodean was very gracious in providing a smooth transition,” Dr. Staton said. “He gave me a good sense of continuity.”

Dr. Staton said trends in higher education will continue to place multiple demands on the time, energy and resources of the College’s faculty and staff.

“Higher education is changing rapidly,” she said. “Trends such as the globalization of higher education, the development of new technologies for teaching and research, the increasingly competitive nature of higher education — from competition in rankings, to competition for students, to competition from private and for-profit universities — to name a few, provide both challenges and opportunities for us.

“To remain on the forefront with respect to innovative teaching, high quality research and meaningful service requires prioritizing multiple, worthwhile needs as well as securing outside funding to address some of these needs,” she added.


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