Winthrop University Wednesday appointed political science department chair Karen Kedrowski as the new Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.
It’s the latest in a round of promotions after former dean Debra Boyd was named in May was Vice President of Academic Affairs.
Kedrowski will oversee 14 programs, more than 200 faculty and staff and manage a $14.5 million budget.
“Dr. Kedrowski has been successful in a variety of leadership roles, and her skills and talents are well-suited for such a large and complex organization as the College of Arts and Sciences,” Boyd said. “Her focus on and her experience with student success, institutional collaboration, and community engagement are vitally important for the success of the college and the university.”
As dean, Kedrowski plans to build on the College’s strong reputation for high-quality academic programs and its student-centered focus. “Diversity and quality are the hallmarks of the College of Arts and Sciences, and I am humbled and honored to be chosen as the dean,” Kedrowski said. “I appreciate President DiGiorgio’s and Vice President Boyd’s confidence in my abilities, and I look forward to serving the University in this new role.”
Kedrowski is the recipient of a number of honors and awards, having been recognized as Winthrop’s Outstanding Junior Professor in 1999, the College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Advisor in 2007 and Distinguished Professor Award in 2011.
Kedrowski received her Ph.D. in political science from the Carl Albert Congressional Studies Center at the University of Oklahoma in 1992, her master’s degree in political science from the University of Oklahoma in 1991 and her B.A. in political science, French, and history from the University of Minnesota in 1986.