Curt Rom Named Interim Dean of UA Honors College

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Tuesday, Jul. 8, 2014 10:09 am  

Curt Rom

The University of Arkansas has named Curt Rom, a university professor of horticulture, as its interim dean of the Honors College.

Bob McMath, the college's current dean, is set to retire at the end of the month. Rom will assume the duties effective July 28, and serve while a national search finds a permanent replacement.

Javier Reyes, vice provost for distance education, is head of the selection committee, which includes faculty, students and administrators.

Sharon Gaber, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs, thanked Rom for filling the temporary position. 

"He is a highly respected member of our faculty and a long-time champion of the Honors College," she said in a news release. "We need a strong leader during this period to continue the momentum the Honors College has achieved under Bob McMath, and Curt will be more than able to fill that role."

Rom came to the university in 1989. Since 2005, he has been a professor of horticulture, crop production systems, sustainable and organic horticulture. He's served as director of the honors program in the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences since 2011.

In 2012, Rom was named co-director of the Center for Agricultural and Rural Sustainability in the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.

He earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Arkansas and his master's and doctoral degrees at Ohio State University.

"It is an exciting privilege to work with the Honors College staff to provide value-added, high quality learning experiences for U of A honors students," Rom said in the release. "I look forward to working with the honors program directors and faculty to attract and retain the best and brightest students to the University of Arkansas and provide them exceptional learning opportunities to advance their careers."



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