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New deans for academic affairs

Feb 18, 2008
by Liz Daube, '05

Flagler College’s Academic Affairs department is filled with new faces this semester. Alan Woolfolk, Ph.D., just began his role as dean of Academic Affairs, while Yvan Kelly started work as assistant dean a few months ago.

Woolfolk was associate provost and professor of sociology at Oglethorpe University in Atlanta prior to joining Flagler. He replaces Paula Miller, who resigned in July after 12 years of service that she called “very rewarding, full of wonderful opportunities, unique challenges and positive results.”

Woolfolk brings a rich academic background to his new position. In addition to a 35-year teaching career, he has led a variety of programs to improve faculty development, curriculum and campus culture.

“Flagler has been exceptionally well-managed financially, developed many strong programs, been very successful in recruiting students and generally exhibited what I would call an entrepreneurial spirit,” Woolfolk said. “When I visited the campus, I detected a sense of commitment and enthusiasm among the faculty, staff and students. I intend to work very closely with all three groups to see if we can find ways to make a strong academic program even stronger.”

Woolfolk holds doctorate and master’s degrees in sociology from University of Pennsylvania and another master’s degree in political science from the University of Oregon. He also has a bachelor’s degree in economics from University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Finance and Commerce.

Kelly, who was appointed assistant dean this summer, also served as interim dean of Academic Affairs during the Fall semester. The former chair of the Business Administration department has worked at Flagler for 18 years and been named “Professor of the Year” twice.

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