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Rodd Freitag named interim College of Arts and Sciences dean

Dr. Rodd Freitag, professor of political science, will serve as interim dean of UW-Eau Claire’s College of Arts and Sciences following the departure of the current dean, Dr. David Leaman, in May.

Freitag will begin his two-year interim appointment on May 21.

Freitag has been a member of the political science faculty since 1997. He is a former political science department chair and has been actively involved in improvement initiatives across the university, including those related to the liberal education core, broad field social studies education academic program, 2009 HLC self-study and 2016 Academic Master Plan.

“Dr. Freitag’s work in and outside the classroom has positioned him well to maintain the forward momentum of the College of Arts and Sciences and support university efforts to maintain its liberal education focus, develop enrollment management strategies, prepare for the HLC reaccreditation in 2019, and champion commitment to EDI and our four guidepost goals,” said Patricia A. Kleine, UW-Eau Claire provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs.

Freitag said he is excited for the opportunity to serve as interim dean in the College of Arts and Sciences.

“David Leaman’s passion for inclusive excellence and meaningful student engagement is a powerful legacy on which to build,” Freitag said. “I look forward to working with the excellent staff in the College of Arts and Sciences office, the dedicated department and program chairs, and the many talented faculty and staff across the college. I have great respect for the university leadership team and it is my honor to join them.” 

Freitag received his bachelor's degree in history and political science from Mankato State University and his doctorate in government from the University of Texas at Austin.