FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Marshall University names Somerville dean of College of Science
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – A microbiologist with expertise in microbial ecology, microbial genetics and bioterrorism has been chosen to lead the Marshall University College of Science.
Dr. Charles Somerville, professor of biological sciences at Marshall University, has accepted an appointment as the next dean of the College of Science.
Somerville has taught at Marshall University for 12 years. He said he is grateful for the support of both the search committee and the administration.
“This is a time when separations between traditional scientific disciplines are diminishing and new interdisciplinary teaching and research programs are emerging. I am excited by that change,” Somerville said. “I will encourage the growth of cross-disciplinary interactions within the College of Science, and will look for opportunities to establish novel interdisciplinary initiatives across campus.”
Dr. Gayle Ormiston, provost and senior vice president of academic affairs for Marshall, said Somerville was selected from an impressive panel of candidates after a nationwide search.
“The University is fortunate to have the quality of candidate for such an important decanal appointment already on staff,” Ormiston said. “I and the other deans look forward to working with Dr. Somerville as we collaborate to improve upon and expand Marshall’s programmatic offerings in the College of Science.”
Somerville will begin his appointment July 1 replacing interim dean, Dr. Wayne Elmore.
“We appreciate the integrity and grace with which Dr. Elmore represented the interests of the College of Science during this academic year as our search committee worked to select our new dean,” Ormiston said.