Heidi Bostic will step down as dean of the College of Liberal Arts on Aug. 10 to pursue an opportunity in the provost’s office at Furman University. She is taking a one-year leave of absence from UNH and retaining her faculty appointment in the department of languages, literatures and cultures, says interim provost and vice president for academic affairs Wayne Jones.
A national search for Bostic's replacement will be launched soon, and an interim dean will be appointed.
Bostic came to UNH two years ago from Baylor University, where she served as the inaugural director of interdisciplinary programs and chair of the department of modern languages and cultures. In her time at UNH she launched the grand challenges initiative that is working to strengthen the university’s response to urgent, widely shared problems that call for large scale, long-term coordinated responses. In addition, she secured a Mellon Foundation grant to establish the New Hampshire Humanities Collaborative to promote study of the humanities, support the transfer of community college students in the humanities to the university and develop a humanities curriculum focused on grand challenges.
Bostic also collaborated with colleagues in Paul College on a required ethics course and is part of the senior leadership team for the university’s Behavioral Health Initiative.