College of Humanities and Social Sciences



List of CHSS Deans

Listed below are all of the Deans that have served the College since the formal reorganization of 1983.

  • George H. Beggs
    1983-1994
  • Lois E. Muir
    1994-1995
  • Donald W. Forrester
    1995-1998
  • Linda M. Noble
    1998-2004
  • Helen S. Ridley
    2004-2006
  • Richard Vengroff
    2006-2012
  • Robin Dorff
    2012-present

CHSS History


Historical Highlights

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences has a history all its own. Below are some of the historical highlights that our College has experienced over the years.

1963
Kennesaw Junior College is founded.
1966
Kennesaw Junior College opens its doors.
Division of Humanities and Division of Social Sciences created; forming two of the three Academic Divisions.
1977
Kennesaw Junior College renamed Kennesaw College.
1983
Kennesaw College reorganizes academic structure. Divisions are replaced with more formal system of Schools and Departments.
The School of Arts and Behavioral Sciences is created with George H. Beggs serving as the first Dean.
Departments are created for English, History, Liberal Studies, Music, Political Science, and Psychology.
1985
Department of Music renamed the Department of Music and Performing Arts.
Department of Political Science renamed the Department of Political Science and Sociology.
1986
Department of Visual Arts created.
1988
Kennesaw College renamed Kennesaw State College.
1990
Department of Communication created.
1991
Department of Liberal Studies dissolved.
Department of Foreign Languages created.
1992
Department of History renamed the Department of History and Philosophy.
Department of Political Science and Sociology renamed the Department of Political Science and International Affairs.
Department of Public Administration and Human Services created.
1993
School of Arts and Behavioral Sciences renamed School of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences.
1994
Lois E. Muir becomes Dean
1995
Donald W. Forester becomes Dean
1996
Kennesaw State College renamed Kennesaw State University.
School of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences renamed College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences.
Department of Music and Performing Arts splits; creating the Department of Music and the Department of Theater.
College offers its first graduate program. The Master of Arts in Professional Writing.
1998
Linda M. Noble becomes Dean
College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences splits; creating the School of the Arts and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.
Department of Music, Department of Theater, and Department of Visual Arts are moved to the new School of the Arts.
Department of Sociology, Geography, and Anthropology created.
2000
Department of Public Administration and Human Services splits. Public Administration is merged into the Department of Political Science and International Affairs and Human Services is moved to the newly created College of Health and Human Services.
2002
Department of Sociology, Geography, and Anthropology becomes the Department of Sociology, Geography, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice.
2004
Helen S. Ridley becomes Dean
2006
Richard Vengroff becomes Dean
Department of Sociology, Geography, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice splits; creating the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice and the Department of Geography and Anthropology.
2008
Cultural and Regional Studies created by organizing various CHSS interdisciplinary programs under one unit housed in the Office of the Dean.
2010
College offers its first doctoral program. The Doctor of Philosophy in International Conflict Management.
2011
Department of Interdisciplinary Studies created out of former Cultural and Regional Studies group.
2012
Robin Dorff becomes Dean
2015
Department of Digital Writing and Media Arts created from consolidation of Kennesaw State University and Southern Polytechnic State University.
Department of Communication becomes the School of Communication and Media