New Dean for College of Behavioral and Community Sciences

Dear Colleagues,


It is my great pleasure to announce the appointment of Dr. Catherine Batsche as Interim Dean of the College of Behavioral & Community Sciences at the University of South Florida, effective January 3, 2011. As many of you know, Dr. Batsche has served as Associate Dean of the College since its inception and was instrumental in the formation of its administrative and academic infrastructure. She developed the student services division of BCS and the Undergraduate Research Certificate as well as leading the College’s academic program and enrollment management development.


Dr. Batsche came to USF 19 years ago as Associate Dean of the Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute (FMHI) and tenured professor in the Department of Child and Family Studies. In her 19 years of service to USF, Dr. Batsche has earned a fine reputation as an accomplished administrator and researcher, serving in key leadership roles at FMHI and in the Office of the Provost. In addition, she has served on several university-wide committees, most recently the Student Success; Integrated Interdisciplinary Inquiry; and Community Engagement task forces; the Space Advisory Committee and the Academic Standards subcommittee of the USF Athletics Council. As a researcher, Dr. Batsche has secured more than $7 million in grant funding at the state and federal levels and is currently investigating potential solutions to the many challenges faced by youth in the foster care system.


The college and university communities have come to appreciate Dr. Batsche’s valued leadership and I am confident that, with the support of the College's faculty, staff and students, she will maintain BCS’s positive momentum. While we will not commence a national search in the immediate future, when that time does arise, I will meet with department chairs, faculty and community leaders to determine priorities, processes and the requisite attributes for filling this most critical of academic leadership roles at the University.


Please join me in taking a moment to congratulate Dr. Batsche as she assumes this new role in the coming year.


Ralph C. Wilcox

Provost and Executive Vice President