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    SEPTEMBER 1, 2005
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Alperson steps in as acting CLA dean; Daly to lead search


Philip Alperson, professor and former chair of philosophy at Temple, has been appointed acting dean of the College of Liberal Arts. He is temporarily filling the post vacated by Susan Herbst, who left Temple this summer to accept a position as provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at the University at Albany, part of the State University of New York system.

“We are grateful to Phil Alperson for stepping forward in this critical year to provide leadership for the College of Liberal Arts,” President David Adamany said. “In the year ahead, the college will be developing courses to define its role in the new general education curriculum and expanding Honors programs for outstanding students in the departmental majors.” 

This week, Provost Ira M. Schwartz announced that John M. Daly, dean of the School of Medicine, will chair the search committee charged with finding a permanent CLA dean. When fully staffed, Daly’s search committee will be joined by representatives from Temple’s faculty, student body, alumni and administration.

Alperson, a leading scholar of aesthetics and the philosophy of the arts, is best known for his explorations of music, particularly improvisation, creativity and performance. He is the founding director of two Temple centers: the Society of Fellows in the Humanities and the Center for Vietnamese Philosophy, Culture and Society. As chair of philosophy, Alperson spearheaded the department’s recent hiring of seven new tenure-line faculty members, including Mellon Professor of the Humanities Noël Carroll, Temple’s top humanist.

“Temple — and the College of Liberal Arts in particular — have undergone enormous changes in the last several years,” said Alperson, who assumed his new post on Aug. 15. “There is a new vitality in the college that builds on existing strengths and promotes new areas of intellectual and academic inquiry. I look forward to helping to continue this momentum over the next year.”

During her two years as dean, Herbst created the CLA’s first board of visitors and led an aggressive faculty recruitment push, hiring more than 45 new tenure-line faculty members for the college