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Hudson recommended to lead College of Arts and Sciences

May 12th, 2005

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J. Blaine Hudson

J. Blaine Hudson, acting dean and longtime teacher and administrator at the University of Louisville, has been recommended to become the permanent dean of its College of Arts and Sciences.

The Personnel Committee of the U of L Board of Trustees approved Hudson’s appointment Thursday. The recommendation will be presented to the full board June 2.

Hudson, a member of U of L’s Pan-African studies faculty since 1992 and its department chair from 1998 to 2003, has been acting dean since James Brennan’s 2004 departure to become Towson University provost. Hudson previously had been the college’s associate dean since 1999. He had taught history and Pan-African studies classes for years prior while serving in various administrative posts at the university.

“I am impressed with Dr. Hudson’s vision for the College of Arts and Sciences,” said Shirley Willihnganz, executive vice president and university provost. “He has proven abilities as a scholar, a teacher and an administrator, and his commitment to improving recruitment and retention of students sets him apart. The students have a true advocate in Dr. Hudson.”

“I am deeply honored,” Hudson said. “The college is the heart of the university — with a great faculty, staff and student body. We share knowledge through teaching, create knowledge through research and apply knowledge through service. There is no higher calling and no more important contribution to the future than that. I look forward to the challenges ahead.”

Hudson has been chair of the Kentucky African American Heritage Commission since 2000 and has served his native state on many historical, education and civil rights panels. He has received numerous honors for research and public service, including the 2002 Martin Luther King Jr. Dream Award from the mayor’s office.

His research into Kentucky’s African American history has made him a popular speaker, and his publications include the 2002 book “Fugitive Slaves and the Underground Railroad in the Kentucky Borderland” and the forthcoming “Encyclopedia of the Underground Railroad.”

Hudson earned his doctorate in higher education administration at the University of Kentucky and his master’s and bachelor’s degrees from the University of Louisville.

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