August 29, 2003 Volume 19, Number 2
Helm Named Interim Dean of College of Arts and Sciences
Thomas Helm, director of the Illinois Centennial Honors College,
has been named interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences
at Western, effective immediately.
"Dr. Helm is a superb choice to lead the College of Arts and Sciences
during this academic year," said Provost Joseph Rallo. "He
brings outstanding academic credentials, strong administrative experience
as director of the Illinois Centennial Honors College, and an enviable reputation
for having a studentcentered outlook. I thank the search committee for
their hard work and look forward to working with Dr. Helm and college
faculty and staff in the coming months."
Helm replaces Phyllis FarleyRippey who will return to the faculty in
the department of political science. Helm's appointment is for the current
academic year during which time a national search will be conducted for
a permanent dean.
A member of the Western faculty since 1974, Helm is a professor of philosophy
and religious studies. He was named head of the Honors Program in 1998
after serving a year as acting director. He had served as associate director
and has been associated with the program since its inception in 1983.
In 1994 Helm was the Western Faculty Lecturer and has been the recipient
of the College of Arts and Sciences outstanding service award. He received
his doctorate from the University of Chicago, and he also holds degrees
from Earlham College and Harvard University. He has written more than
60 articles, reviews and professional papers and a book on the history
Martin Dupuis, associate director of the Honors College
and associate professor of political science will serve as interim
director of the Illinois Centennial Honors College during Helm's tenure
dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Susan Martinelli-Fernandez, associate
professor of philosophy and religious studies will be interim associate
director of the Honors College.