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   from the issue of June 10, 2004

Couture to lead academic affairs

Barbara Couture, dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Washington State University in Pullman, has been named senior vice chancellor for academic affairs at UNL. Chancellor Harvey Perlman made the announcement May 14.


“Dr. Couture is a good fit for this university. She brings the credentials, talent and leadership that will keep the university moving forward in its academic evolution to best serve its students and the state,” Perlman said.

Couture will begin Aug. 15 as senior vice chancellor for academic affairs, UNL’s chief academic officer and second to the chancellor in the university’s organizational chart. The office provides leadership and support for academic programs and serves as chief advocate for faculty and students.

“I am delighted with this opportunity to work with the outstanding faculty and staff at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln,” Couture said. “The quality of UNL’s academic programs, recognized nationally and internationally for their excellence, drew me to this position. The strong support of the state of Nebraska for this premier university is evident everywhere. I look forward to working together with faculty, staff and students to increase UNL’s service to the state and expand its reach nationwide.”

Couture has been dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Washington State University since 1998, managing 18 academic departments and programs. She earned a bachelor’s degree with high distinction from the University of Michigan (1970) and earned master and doctor of arts degrees in English language and literature (1973, 1980). She began her academic career as an assistant professor of English at Wayne State University in Detroit in 1980, was promoted to associate professor, achieved tenure in 1986 and achieved the rank of professor in 1994. At Wayne State, she also served as an associate dean for curriculum in the College of Liberal Arts (1990-91) and associate dean for metropolitan programs and summer sessions in the College of Lifelong Learning (1993-97). An award-winning writer, Couture received the Outstanding Book Award at the 2000 Conference on College Composition and Communication for Toward a Phenomenological Rhetoric: Writing, Profession and Altruism.

Couture succeeds Richard Edwards, who served from April 1997 until the end of 2003, when he resigned to return to the teaching and research faculty. David Brinkerhoff is interim senior vice chancellor for academic affairs.



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