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Appointment of Interim Dean, College of Liberal Arts

Published on Fri 06/11/21

Please join me in congratulating Dr. Steven Oberhelman on his appointment as interim dean of the Texas A&M University College of Liberal Arts. He will assume the duties of this position August 16.


Steve Oberhelman

Dr. Oberhelman will oversee Liberal Arts while a search is conducted to fill the deanship full time.

Currently an associate dean of undergraduate programs since December 2013, Dr. Oberhelman’s other administrative roles included service as interim head of the Department of Performance Studies, head of the Department of Modern and Classical Languages, interim head of the Department of International Studies, and interim head of the Department of Hispanic Studies. A professor of classics, he holds the endowed George Sumey, Jr., Professorship of Liberal Arts. He has authored or edited 11 books and published more than 70 articles and dictionary entries. Dr. Oberhelman is the recipient of a university-level Association of Former Students’ Distinguished Achievement Award in Teaching, and he served as a member of the Faculty Senate for seven years, including being speaker (1996–1997).

Dr. Oberhelman earned his degrees from the University of Minnesota, including a Ph.D. and a master’s degree in classics and a bachelor’s degree in Latin Education.

We are grateful to Dr. Oberhelman for his willingness to serve the College of Liberal Arts as interim dean. He replaces outgoing dean Pamela Matthews, who is retiring from Texas A&M University after more than 30 years of service and dedication to the institution. She was named dean in 2015.