The University of North Texas at Dallas on Monday announced the appointment of Dr. Orlando J. Pérez as its new Dean of the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
Pérez will oversee the largest school on campus, which has more than 1,500 students and is made up of 10 academic degree programs, including biology, criminal justice, mathematics, psychology and political science. UNT Dallas is the fastest-growing state university in Texas, and the only four-year public university in the City of Dallas.
“I am pleased to have someone of Dr. Pérez’s experience and caliber taking charge of our rapidly growing School of Liberal Arts and Sciences,” UNT Dallas Provost Dr. Betty Stewart said. “He has a phenomenal breadth and knowledge spanning 25 years that will touch every aspect of our university. Dr. Pérez’s background as both an administrator and an academic lends itself well to our largest school.”
Pérez’s appointment begins July 22, 2019.
“I am delighted to be joining the University of North Texas at Dallas as Dean of the School of Liberal Arts & Sciences,” said Pérez, who leaves his position as Associate Dean, College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at Millersville University of Pennsylvania. “I am excited at the opportunity to work with such a dedicated group of faculty, staff and administrators in fostering student-centered education, and to help lead efforts to grow and enhance the programs housed in the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences. My family and I are thrilled to be joining such a dynamic, diverse and growing community.”
Pérez replaces Dr. Glenda Balas, a Fulbright Scholar who remains at UNT Dallas as Professor of Languages and Communication in the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Dr. Mario Casa de Calvo served as interim dean during the national search. Dr. Casa de Calvo returns to his positions at UNT Dallas as Associate Dean of Faculty for the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Coordinator of the Psychology program and Associate Professor of Psychology.
As Associate Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at Millersville University, Pérez was involved in a range of assignments in support of learning outcomes assessment, program accreditation (ACBSP, AACSB, CSWE, NASAD, NCATE, NASM), implementation of retention initiatives and strategic plans, as well as day-to-day operations of the college.
Prior to joining Millersville University in 2014, Pérez spent the previous 20 years at Central Michigan University in multiple capacities. He most recently served as Director of the Cultural and Global Studies Programs (GSL) from 2013-2014. From 2009-2013, he served as Chairperson for the Department of Political Science, and from 2007-2014, he was Professor of Political Science. He arrived at Central Michigan University in 1998 after spending 1995-1998 at Adams State College as Assistant Professor of Government, and he was Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Kansas from 1994-1995.
Pérez received his Ph.D. and M.A. in Political Science at the University of Pittsburgh. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from the University of Miami and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Florida International University.