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Diehr chosen as new dean of the College of Arts and Letters

An art professor has been named dean of the College of Arts and Letters at Austin Peay.

Effective July 1, Dr. James Diehr becomes the Colleges permanent dean. He has served as interim dean since July 2002.

I am delighted that APSU now has a permanent dean of Arts and Letters, and I am confident that Dr. Diehr will continue to do an excellent job as he leads the College of Arts and Letters at APSU, says Dr. Bruce Speck, vice president for academic affairs at APSU.
An art professor has been named dean of the College of Arts and Letters at Austin Peay.

Effective July 1, Dr. James Diehr becomes the College's permanent dean. He has served as interim dean since July 2002.

“I am delighted that APSU now has a permanent dean of Arts and Letters, and I am confident that Dr. Diehr will continue to do an excellent job as he leads the College of Arts and Letters at APSU,” says Dr. Bruce Speck, vice president for academic affairs at APSU.

Diehr graduated from the University of Missouri at Columbia with a Ph.D. in pottery and clay sculpture in 1978. He earned his BFA, master's and Ed.S. from Pittsburg State University in Kansas. He completed post-baccalaureate studies at the Pratt Institute and the Art Students League, both in New York City.

A Fulbright Scholar who taught at the Trent Polytechnic Institute in Nottingham, England, from 1979-80 and in Len Fen, China, in 1988, Diehr joined the APSU faculty as chair of the art department in 1981. He served as chair until 1988, director of the visual arts division of the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts from 1985-87, director of the University's Trahern Gallery from 1986-88, president of the Faculty Senate from 2000-01 and professor of pottery and ceramic sculpture from 1989-2002.

A respected professional artist, Diehr is perhaps best known on campus for his sculpture, “The Gateway,” which stands in front of the Browning Building. He also crafted the University's mace, which is used during Commencement and inauguration ceremonies.

Diehr was selected following a national search.
—Rebecca Mackey