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Hendrickson Appointed Grad Studies Dean, Others To Serve Interim Roles

May 31, 2016
SHSU Media Contact: Jennifer Gauntt

The filling of the dean of Graduate Studies position and the vacancy of the provost position have led to some administrative changes at Sam Houston State University, all of which are effective June 1.

Ken HendricksonKenneth E. Hendrickson III, who has been serving as interim dean of the College of Health Sciences, has been named dean of Graduate Studies.

Replacing him as CHS interim dean will be Rhonda Callaway, associate dean in Sam Houston State University’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

In addition, while Vice Provost Richard Eglsaer serves as interim provost as SHSU begins accepting applications for the position vacated by Jaimie Hebert, two other administrators will step in to fill interim vice provost and associate vice provost positions. They include Mary Robbins and Nancy Baker, respectively.

Hendrickson is a professor of history at SHSU, where he has been teaching since 1994. His scholarship includes works on Texas, European, religious, military, and social history. 

Previous appointments include serving as associate dean of the SHSU College of Humanities and Social Sciences from 2013-2016, where he was involved with college assessment, graduate affairs, the EWCAT program, and strategic planning initiatives.

A native of Wichita Falls, Hendrickson received his doctorate in history from the University of Iowa, and master’s and bachelor’s degrees in history from Texas A&M University.

Callaway joined the SHSU faculty in the political science department in 2005 and was named associate professor in 2009. She also served as department chair of the department of political science from 2009-2014 and interim chair of foreign languages in 2015.  

She earned her bachelor’s degree in history from University of Texas at Austin, while her master’s in history and doctorate in political science are from the University of North Texas.

Baker, who will serve as an interim associate vice provost full time until a new provost is named, is an associate professor of history who joined the SHSU faculty in 2006.

She earned her bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University, her master’s degree from George Washington University and her doctorate from Harvard University, all in history. Her research interests include American history and the history of women, and she has published extensively on equal rights and feminism in America.

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