After a long and successful higher education career, CLS Dean James Pappas will retire from the university in December of this year.

Pappas has served as the dean of the College of Liberal Studies since 2000 and is the longest-serving dean in OU history, beginning in 1988 as the dean for the College of Continuing Education. During his tenure as dean for CLS, Pappas also served as the vice-president of Outreach and is also responsible for quadrupling the total number of student enrollments in University Outreach programs, tripling the amount of grant funding received and increasing the national rankings and recognition for both CLS and University Outreach.

“Jim Pappas has provided outstanding leadership during his years at OU,” OU President David Boren said in a news release. “He has greatly strengthened the university outreach effort. We can never adequately express our appreciation to him.”

Martha Banz, the current associate dean for CLS, will be appointed as the new dean and associate provost for Continuing Education. She has worked closely with Pappas since joining CLS in 2010 and looks forward to the future of the organization.

“From my first day as associate dean, Dean Pappas told me the number one priority for CLS is providing the best student experience possible and we plan to continue using that approach in everything we do,” said Banz.

Additionally, Shad Satterthwaite, who currently serves as the assistant vice president for Continuing Education Academic Programs, will be appointed as the new associate dean for CLS. Satterthwaite has taught both CLS and political science courses and previously served as university equal opportunity officer.

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The College of Liberal Studies is a fully accredited academic unit of the University of Oklahoma, offering 100% online, hybrid and onsite bachelor's and master's degrees for working adults and non-traditional students.

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