Columbus State Names College of Letters and Sciences Dean

COLUMBUS, Ga. — A veteran professor and University of Alabama department chair will be Columbus State University’s next dean of the College of Letters and Sciences, CSU Provost Inessa Levi announced Thursday.

David J. Lanoue, who has led the Department of Political Science in Tuscaloosa since 2001, will join Columbus State’s faculty July 1.

David J. Lanoue “His long history in academic administration will make him an outstanding candidate to lead the college toward excellence in academics, and student experience and preparation,” said Levi, also vice president for academic affairs.

Lanoue, right, earlier taught at Texas Tech University, the University of California-Riverside, Illinois State University and the University of Texas at El Paso. He earned his Ph.D. at the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1986. Much of his research, including two books, has focused on political behavior in the U.S. He’s also the author or co-author of about 30 articles in academic journals, current president of the Southwestern Political Science Association and a frequent source for news reporters seeking expert analysis on political topics ranging from the Alabama governor’s race to presidential debates.

Lanoue, selected after a national search and campus visits by six finalists, was an attractive candidate to Columbus State because he also “has credentials directing graduate programs and an outstanding record in research and scholarship,” Levi said.

Under Levi’s direction, Columbus State recently established a Graduate School to support a growing number of graduate programs, including CSU’s first standalone doctoral program.

As dean of the College of Letters and Sciences, Lanoue will oversee the departments of basic studies, biology, chemistry, criminal justice and sociology, earth and space sciences, English, history and geography, mathematics and philosophy, modern and classical languages, political science, and psychology. The college also encompasses CSU’s Command College, McCullers Center for Writers and Musicians, and STEM Initiative, which emphasizes science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

“I am honored to have been selected to lead the College of Letters and Sciences in a time of change and growth at Columbus State University,” Lanoue said. “I look forward to working with Provost Levi, President (Tim) Mescon and my many new colleagues to build upon the excellence in teaching, service and scholarship now enjoyed by CSU.”