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James Nesbitt Anderson (1909-1930)

James Nesbitt Anderson
James Nesbitt Anderson

James Nesbitt Anderson was named the first dean of the College of Arts and Sciences in 1909. Born in 1864 in Laurens County, South Carolina, he earned a BA and MA from the University of Virginia. He studied at Harvard University as a Morgan Fellow and later received a PhD from Johns Hopkins University. As a Greek and Latin professor at Vanderbilt University he taught future UF President John J. Tigert. Anderson came to UF in 1906 as professor and chair of the ancient languages department before assuming the role as dean of the college in 1909. In 1930, he was named dean of the Graduate School. He retired from the university in the summer of 1938 and died in June 1945. Language Hall was renamed Anderson Hall in 1949 in his honor.

Townes R. Leigh (1933-1948)

Townes R. Leigh
Townes R. Leigh

Townes R. Leigh was named dean of the College of Arts and Sciences in 1933. He earned a BS from Iuka in 1901, a BA from Lebanon University in 1902 and a PhD from the University of Chicago in 1915.

Leigh became head of the UF chemistry department in 1920. He was a pharmacist, as well as a chemist, and developed the College of Pharmacy at UF and served as its first dean from 1923-33. Leigh Hall, constructed in his honor, was opened in 1927 as the home for the College of Pharmacy and the Department of Chemistry. He served as acting vice president of the university in 1934 and then as the vice president 1946-1948. He died in February 1949.

Ralph Emerson Page (1948-1969)

Ralph Emerson Page
Ralph Emerson Page

Ralph Emerson Page was named dean of the College of Arts and Sciences in 1948. He was born in Middlebury, Indiana in 1903. He earned his BA from Bluffton College in Ohio in 1926 and attended Syracuse University from 1927 to 1930, where he earned a MA and PhD.

Page taught at Syracuse University and served as professor and chair of the political science department at Bucknell University before coming to UF in 1948.

Page retired from the university in 1971.

 

 

Harry Hall Sisler (1969-1972)

Harry Hall Sisler
Harry Hall Sisler

Harry Hall Sisler was named dean of the College of Arts and Sciences in 1969. He was born in 1917 in Ohio and earned a BS from Ohio State University in 1936. He earned his MS and PhD from the University of Illinois in 1937 and 1939. He taught chemistry at the University of Kansas and Ohio State University before becoming professor and chair of the UF chemistry department in 1956.

Sisler also served as vice president of the university under Stephen C. O’Connell and as dean of the Graduate School. Sisler retired from the university in 1985 and resided in Gainesville with his wife Hannelore Wass, a retired UF educational psychologist, until his death in 2007.

Calvin Anthony VanderWerf (1972-1978)

Calvin Anthony VanderWerf
Calvin Anthony
VanderWerf

Calvin Anthony VanderWerf was named dean of the College of Arts and Sciences in 1972. Born in 1917 in Wisconsin, he earned a BA from Hope College in 1937 and a PhD from Ohio State University in 1941.

VanderWerf served as professor and chair of the chemistry department at the University of Kansas before returning to his alma mater, Hope College, in 1963 to serve in the role of president. He came to UF as the dean of Arts and Sciences in 1972.

 

 

 

Charles F. Sidman (1978-1988)

Charles F. Sidman
Charles F. Sidman

Charles F. Sidman was hired as dean the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in 1978. He came to UF from the University of Kansas, where he served for 18 years as a professor of history and then as chair of the history department. Sidman was born in 1931 in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned a BA and MA in history from John Carroll University in Cleveland in 1953 and 1956. He received a PhD in history from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1960. At UF, Sidman served as dean of both the College of Arts and Sciences and University College and had the job of integrating the two colleges into the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. After stepping down as dean in 1988, Sidman taught German history in the Department of History before retiring in 1996. He currently resides in Gainesville with his wife Margaret Ann, the retired executive director of the Ronald McDonald House of Gainesville.

Willard W. Harrison (1988-2000)

Willard Harrison
Willard W. Harrison

Willard W. Harrison was hired as dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in 1988. He came to UF from the University of Virginia, where he served as the chair of the chemistry department and as associate provost. Harrison earned a BA in 1958 and MA in 1960, both in chemistry, from Southern Illinois University. In 1964, he earned a PhD in analytical chemistry from the University of Illinois.

Harrison served as dean of CLAS for 12 years, before stepping down in July 2000 to devote more time to his chemistry research and teaching. He is currently on faculty at UF as a professor of chemistry.

Neil Sullivan (2000-2006)

Neil Sullivan
Neil Sullivan

Neil Sullivan was named dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in 2001, after serving as interim dean for the 2000-2001 academic year. Sullivan came to UF in 1982 from the Centre d’Etudes Nucleaires in Saclay, France, where he worked as a physicist. He earned a BS in 1964 and a MS in 1965, both from Otago University in his homeland New Zealand. In 1972, he earned a PhD from Harvard University.

Sullivan served as chair of UF’s physics department for four terms and as CLAS associate dean for research before officially taking over the reins as dean in June 2001. He is a co-founder of the Microkelvin Research Laboratory at UF, which is the largest ultra-low temperature laboratory in the world. He stepped down as dean in December 2006 to return to full-time teaching and research as a professor in the UF Department of Physics.

Joe Glover (2007-2008)

Joe Glover
Joe Glover

Dr. Joseph Glover was named interim dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in 2007. A former professor in the Department of Mathematics, Glover had served as department chair, associate dean for faculty affairs, and associate provost for academic affairs. Glover chaired the Task Force on the Future of the University of Florida, participated in developing the university strategic plan, and represents UF on the Executive Board of the New World School of the Arts. From December 2004 through August 2005, Dr. Glover served as interim provost and senior vice president.

A native of New York, Dr. Glover received his B.A. from Cornell University and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego. He taught at the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Rochester before joining the University of Florida faculty. He also held an NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship at UCSD in 1982. His awards include an NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Mathematical Sciences, an NSF-CNRS Fellowship held at the Universite de Grenoble II, a CLAS Teaching Award, and a mentoring award from the McKnight Foundation.

Paul D’Anieri (2008-2014)

Paul D'Anieri
Paul D'Anieri

Paul D’Anieri was hired as dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. D’Anieri received a bachelor's degree in international relations at Michigan State, followed by a master’s and doctorate in government at Cornell University. In 1991, he was hired as an associate professor of political science at the University of Kansas. After the Soviet Union collapsed, D’Anieri won a Fulbright Scholarship to Ukraine, where he picked up a third foreign language while working as a visiting scholar at L’viv State University. He served as Associate Dean for International Programs at Kansas from 1999 to 2003, Director of the Center for Russian and European Studies in 2003-2004, and Associate Dean of Humanities from 2004 until accepting his position at UF.

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