New Dean sets commitments for the future

The Vista -- On a recent trip to Turkey, Noelle Norton, the new dean of the college of arts and sciences, found herself thinking of classes she took 30 years ago. Classes she never took particular interest in finally came alive.

“I go to Turkey and all those courses, art history, ancient civilization, theology, made sense” said Norton.

This lesson, 30 years in the making, is at the heart of the platform Norton is bringing to the CAS. A lifelong education is the base of what Norton considers the foundation of a good liberal arts and science education. An education that enhances personal and national economy, democracy and teaches how to enjoy life.

Norton, PhD, has a long history with USD. A career spanning nearly 20 years, she first joined the faculty in 1994 as a member of the Department of Political Science and International Relations. From there she has served as Associate Dean for faculty and co-director of the Living Learning Communities program. Norton has additionally served as department chair and director of the USD Honors Program from 2001 to 2008. Her extensive time here at USD will play an important role in the direction she takes her new position. (Full Article

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