President Charles J. Dougherty has named Dr. James Swindal dean of the McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts. Swindal, professor of philosophy, has served as acting dean since July 2011 while continuing his role as chair of the Department of Philosophy.
“The McAnulty College is at the heart of our University in many important ways, and I am confident that Jim has the skills and commitment to bring us to a new and higher level of excellence,” said Dougherty. “With Jim’s leadership, we are now in a position to move forward to enhance our teaching, research and service to God by serving our students.”
In the past year, Swindal administered the launch of the Center for African Studies, a University-wide program that aligns with Duquesne’s strategic goal to place a new emphasis on Africa and the African diaspora.
Swindal has participated on the College and University Core Revision Committees and numerous search committees at Duquesne, as well as the Diocese of Pittsburgh Higher Education Board. A recipient of the Board of Consulting Editors at Jeevalaya Institute of Philosophy, he received Duquesne’s 2009 Beard Ethics Leadership Award, among numerous other honors and distinctions.
“It is a great privilege and responsibility now to serve as the dean of the McAnulty College,” Swindal said. “I look forward very much to serving the faculty and staff of the College in this position—and ask for their support—as we all continue our work for the education of our students in our Catholic and Spiritan tradition.”