Celtic Scholar to Head College of Arts and Sciences

Joan Griffin of Minneapolis was selected as the new Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. She assumed her position on Aug. 1.

"Dr. Griffin's appointment is an important step forward for the college, and she will be a crucial addition to CLU's academic leadership team," said Provost Chris Kimball after announcing her appointment.

Griffin served as Associate Dean for General Education at Augsburg College for the past two years after teaching English at the college for nearly 20 years. During her years as an Augsburg faculty member, she took on several leadership roles, including serving 15 years on the Faculty Senate, helping to guide the Honors Program and co-writing the college's vision statement.

Griffin earned a Ph.D. and a master's degree in Celtic Languages and Literatures from Harvard University after receiving her bachelor's degree in English and American literature from Washington University (St. Louis, Mo.). She has taught courses in medieval literature, British works and composition.

During a visit to CLU in April, Griffin said she became captivated with the campus, the people and the academic programs. "There's something about this university that has really caught my imagination," Griffin said. "It's dynamic, progressive and exciting."

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