BOONE, N.C. — The College of Arts and Sciences at Appalachian State University will begin the 2018 fall semester with a new associate dean, Dr. Mark D. Bradbury.
“Mark brings a wealth of experience through his years of work with the MPA program and his work with graduate education,” said Dr. Neva J. Specht, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. “He understands the value of the liberal arts and its importance to create a well-informed citizenry. I’m excited to have him serve the college in his new role as associate dean.”
Bradbury is a native of Rhode Island and earned his B.A. in political science at Rhode Island College, followed by his master’s and Ph.D. in public administration from the University of Georgia.
He joined the Appalachian faculty in 2005 as a professor in the Department of Government and Justice Studies and became the program director for the university’s accredited Master of Public Administration program in 2010.
Previously, Bradbury oversaw the administration of Appalachian’s MPA program, advising 70 on-campus and distance education graduate students. He was also the co-coordinator for the department’s nonprofit administration certificate.
He taught public human resource management, internship and applied research courses. His research focused on issues of equal employment opportunity and ethics with public personnel administration.
Additionally, Bradbury was an awardee of the University of North Carolina Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2014 and has served as a member of the Academy of Outstanding Graduate Mentors since 2014. He has served as deputy chairperson of the graduate academic policies and procedures committee, and has completed the academic leadership development program at Appalachian.
About the Department of Government and Justice Studies
Appalachian State University’s Department of Government and Justice Studies offers undergraduate programs in political science and criminal justice, and graduate programs in political science and public administration. Housed in the College of Arts and Sciences, the department has over 600 undergraduate majors and more than 70 graduate students. Learn more at https://gjs.appstate.edu.
About the College of Arts and Sciences
The College of Arts and Sciences is home to 16 academic departments, one stand-alone academic program, two centers and one residential college. These units span the humanities and the social, mathematical and natural sciences. The College of Arts and Sciences aims to develop a distinctive identity built upon our university's strengths, traditions and unique location. The college’s values lie not only in service to the university and local community, but through inspiring, training, educating and sustaining the development of its students as global citizens. There are approximately 6,100 student majors in the college. As the college is also largely responsible for implementing Appalachian's general education curriculum, it is heavily involved in the education of all students at the university, including those pursuing majors in other colleges. Learn more at https://cas.appstate.edu.
About Appalachian State University
Appalachian State University, in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The transformational Appalachian experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and embrace diversity and difference. As one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina System, Appalachian enrolls about 19,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.