UBC Reports | Vol. 47 | No. 10 | June
Arts dean resigns for U.S. opportunity
Historian cites government's lack of commitment to arts
Arts dean Alan Tully says that one of the primary reasons he is
leaving UBC is to pursue another significant academic opportunity.
The 58-year-old professor of American colonial and revolutionary
history will leave the university at the end of the year to become
head of the History Dept. at the University of Texas at Austin.
"There is a sizable and tangible commitment to the humanities,
social sciences and the visual and performing arts in the U.S.,"
says Tully. "That's not a criticism of the UBC administration --
it's more a reflection of the fact that governments in our country
don't pay the attention they should to the liberal arts."
The process of finding a new dean of Arts has begun. "I am committed
to finding a successor who will provide the strong, visionary leadership
expected of the leading Faculty of Arts in Canada," says vice-president,
Academic and Provost, Barry McBride.
Tully was one of five senior historians from U.S., Canadian and
British universities who were approached by the University of Texas
to help replace the 15 professors it lost last year, most to retirement.
"Alan's resignation is a big loss to the Faculty of Arts and UBC,"
says McBride. "During his short period as dean he has proven to
be a strong, articulate spokesperson for the humanities and social
sciences, a strategic thinker and an effective leader."
A former head of the History Dept., Tully was appointed dean pro
tem in 1999 and dean the following year.
He replaced former dean Shirley Neuman who resigned in 1999 to
accept a position as dean at the University of Michigan. Her resignation
prompted the federal government to publicly reaffirm in the House
of Commons its support for research in the humanities and social
Tully joined UBC in 1972 after studying at Queen's University,
earning a master's degree in History at the University of Toronto
and a master's degree and PhD from Johns Hopkins University.