CLEMSON — Two interim dean appointments were announced Thursday by Clemson University President James P. Clements, both effective July 1.

As announced in April, Larry Allen is stepping down as dean of the College of Health, Education and Human Development to return to the faculty at the end of this month.

Brett Wright

Brett Wright

Brett Wright, chairman of the parks, recreation and tourism department, will serve as interim HEHD dean, providing leadership for units that will not report to Moore School of Education Dean George Petersen.

Wright, who also serves as co-chairman of the US Play Coalition, has been at Clemson since 2002. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Morehead State and his doctorate from Texas A&M University.

“I am extremely honored to be selected and anxious to work more closely with the truly outstanding academic units assigned to the college,” Wright said. “Even though this next year will be a year of transition, it will also be a year of determining positive directions to allow all of our units to flourish.  It will be my honor and privilege to serve them.”

Also planning to step down as dean on June 30 is Tom Scott, who has served as dean of the College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences since 2011 after serving as interim dean for two years. He plans to return to the faculty of the animal and veterinary sciences department.

George Askew

George Askew

George Askew, vice president for Public Service and Agriculture, will take on additional duties as interim CAFLS dean. Askew will continue to lead Clemson’s statewide PSA division, a role he assumed in March when PSA was elevated to the vice presidential level.

“My duties will be to continue the path set by Dr. Scott to raise awareness of all of the programs and opportunities within the college; to ensure that the Experiment Station, Extension and academic programs continue to work collaboratively; to build a stronger relationship between the campus, research and education centers, and county offices; and to work with all of the department chairs, faculty and staff to focus the resources available to the college on excellence in teaching, research and public service in all majors and disciplines,” Askew said.

“We’re fortunate to have qualified people on campus who can step in and provide effective leadership during this period of transition,” Clements said. “I know the faculty and staff will continue to provide their full support to maintain positive momentum in their colleges. We will begin the process of launching a national search for a permanent CAFLS dean and developing a long-term strategy for HEHD after the executive vice president/provost is on board.”

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