Following a five-month national search, Timothy E. Fulop, dean of the college, vice president for academic affairs, and associate professor of religion and philosophy at Lakeland College in Sheboygan, Wis., has been named dean of the college, vice president for academic affairs, and professor of religion at William Jewell College.
The appointment, effective March 1, 2008, was announced by Jewell President David Sallee. Fulop replaces John Westlie, who will return to teaching fulltime at the college following a sabbatical. Fulop will be the college’s 12th dean since its founding in 1849.
Prior to his four-year post at Lakeland College, Fulop served for five years as dean of the faculty, vice president for academic affairs and associate professor of religion and history at King College in Bristol, Tenn.
“Having served as dean at both Lakeland College and King College, two fine institutions, Dr. Fulop brings to Jewell tremendous experience and expertise,” Sallee said in making the announcement. “He is an impressive scholar and administrator with proven academic leadership in the liberal arts—exactly the kind of background that will add value as we embark on our new strategic plan to move William Jewell College into the upper echelon of national liberal arts colleges.”
According to Ian Coleman, professor and chair of Jewell’s music department and chair of the dean search committee, Fulop’s academic credentials and passion for the liberal arts were key factors in inviting him to interview for the dean’s position. “We had an excellent response to our invitation for applicants and nominations, and the three finalists who came to campus were all impressive and well-qualified. Dr. Fulop is a fine choice and will be a tremendous asset to the faculty and the college.”
In a statement regarding his appointment, Fulop said, “Jewell is a strong liberal arts college with a mission for a values-based education in a Christian context with an emphasis on leadership and service to the community and beyond. I think there is an excellent fit between my own sense of vocation and the college’s identity.
“I have a strong passion for the value of the liberal arts for all students, and I believe strongly in the value of integrating the academic, leadership, religious, athletics and student life programs into a holistic model,” he continued. “I am impressed with the college’s ambitious new strategic plan and very honored and excited at this opportunity to help lead William Jewell College at such a pivotal moment in the school’s storied history.”
Fulop earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in religion, specializing in religions of the modern west, from Princeton University. He studied philosophy at Wheaton College as an undergraduate and also holds a Master’s of Divinity degree from the Princeton Theological Seminary.