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June 12, 2019

Scheines, Webster Reappointed as Deans

Provost James H. Garrett, Jr. has recently announced that Richard Scheines and Keith Webster have been reappointed as deans of the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and University Libraries, respectively.

In an email to Dietrich College faculty and staff, Garrett recognized Scheines as a strategic leader and valuable collaborator who has served as dean since 2014. He noted his leadership in helping to implement groundbreaking academic programs in behavioral economics and neuroscience, and for establishing interdisciplinary grand challenge seminars for first-year students. Garrett said undergraduate applications to the Dietrich College have doubled under Scheines’ watch and the quality of applicants has risen dramatically.  

“Richard advocates passionately for the humanities, and works tirelessly to continuously improve the student experience in the Dietrich College,” Garrett said.

In an email to faculty and staff in University Libraries, the provost said Webster will continue as both dean and director of Emerging and Integrative Media Initiatives, posts he has held since 2013 and 2015, respectively. Garrett called him a forward-thinking and transformational dean.

“Under his leadership, Keith has made substantial progress in elevating key technical infrastructures by implementing a new library management system, and a cluster of digital science products to support research and collaboration,” Garrett said. “Keith has also ensured that the University Libraries add value to Carnegie Mellon through enhanced programming, while fostering a culture of engagement and support among the faculty."