Nicki LoCascio, associate dean of the Honors College, has been named interim
dean of the College, according to Provost Gayle Ormiston.
LoCascio replaces Dr. Mary Todd, founding dean of the Honors College, who has accepted the position of Executive Director of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest scholarly honor society. A nationwide search for a permanent dean will begin this fall.
“I’m looking forward to the challenges of continuing Dr. Todd’s good work,” LoCascio said. “The Honors College has raised our profile and I don’t want to see the momentum lost.”
LoCascio has worked closely with Todd the past three years.
“Dr. Todd served as founding dean of the Honors College, and in doing so established the institutional structure for the college, and developed the guidelines for the future of the college,” Ormiston said. “I look forward to Dr. LoCascio continuing the development begun by Dr. Todd. We are very fortunate to have her available to us to serve in this very important role.”
LoCascio agreed that Todd did an excellent job of “pulling the Honors College together.”
“She’s incredible. I’ve seen the effort she has put into it,” LoCascio said.
As associate dean in the college, LoCascio’s role currently consists of advising students, program administration and program assessment.
She is a member of The American Association of Immunologists, the Society for College Science Teachers and the National Science Teachers Association. At Marshall, she teaches Principles of Biology and Honors Seminars.
LoCascio earned a B.S. in history and biology from Mary Washington College of the University of Virginia, and a Ph.D. in immunogenetics from the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill.
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