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May 27, 2010

Husted named interim Honors College dean

Husted_StevePitt professor of economics Steven L. Husted has been named interim dean of the University Honors College, effective Aug. 1.

Husted served as associate dean for Graduate Studies and Research in the School of Arts and Sciences, 1999-2005. A member of the Honors College advisory board, he has supervised students in the Honors College Bachelor of Philosophy degree and Brackenridge Fellowship programs. He also developed and taught the Introduction to Macroeconomics class for the Honors College.

A recipient of the Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award in 1986, Husted has been a member of the Pitt faculty since 1980, teaching in the area of international economics.

He previously served as a senior staff economist for the President’s Council of Economic Advisers.

Husted’s appointment as interim dean follows the April 7 death of longtime dean and founder of the University Honors College G. Alec Stewart. (An obituary on Stewart was published in the April 15 University Times.)

“I’m absolutely thrilled to get this position,” Husted told the University Times. “I have a fair amount of experience teaching in the Honors College, which has been a complete joy, and I’m looking forward to having more contact with the students and recruiting new students. Alec created such a jewel here, and following him will be a tough job, but I’m really looking forward to it.”

The search for a permanent Honors College dean will be handled by Provost James V. Maher’s successor, according to a press release announcing Husted’s appointment.

—Peter Hart

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