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Pepperdine Professor Darrel D. Colson is New Provost & Dean of the College at Centenary College of Louisiana

Darrel D. ColsonSHREVEPORT, LA -- Dr. Darrel D. Colson, formerly of Oak Park, Calif., is the new provost and dean of the college at Centenary College of Louisiana. 

Prior to his Centenary appointment, effective June 1, Colson was Fletcher Jones Professor of Great Books at Seaver College, Pepperdine University.  He also served as associate professor at the Louisiana Scholars' College of Northwestern State University, as an instructor at Western Carolina University and a Teaching Fellow at Vanderbilt University.

"We are pleased that Darrel Colson has joined the Centenary community," said President Kenneth L.Schwab.  "Dr. Colson has a distinguished record of academic and administrative leadership and scholarship. We look forward to the many contributions he will make to our college community."

Colson, 47, earned the B.A. degree in philosophy summa cum laude from Louisiana State University (1977), the M.A. in philosophy from Vanderbilt University (1981) and the Ph.D. in philosophy with minor in theology from Vanderbilt (1987). Born in Maracaibo, Venezuela, he grew up in Shreveport's North Highlands area, living there from first grade until graduating from high school.

Colson's administrative experience includes service as coordinator of Pepperdine's Great Books Colloquium, associate director of the Louisiana Scholars' College, co-director of "Athens in the Fith Century," a summer Teacher Institute of the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities and the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. In addtion, he was co-principal investigator of "Senior Thesis Development Initiative," a project funded by the Louisiana Education Quality Support Fund, coordinator of curriculum at Lousiana Scholars' College and assistant to the director of Vanderbilt's Mellon Regional Faculty Development Program.

Colson assumes the position being vacated by Dr. Earl W. Fleck, who served for two and a half years and who resigned the post effective May 31.
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