Office of Public Affairs

Two New Deans Appointed at USM

The University of Southern Maine has new deans for its College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (CAHS), and College of Science, Technology and Health (CSTH).

University of Maine System Trustees today, Monday, May 19, approved the appointments of Dr. Manuel Avalos and Dr. James E. Graves as deans of CAHS and CSTH, respectively. Their appointments will be effective on July 1, 2014.

They will replace CAHS Dean Lynn Kuzma and CSTH Dean Andrew Anderson. Both decided to return to the faculty at the end of their current appointments on June 30.  

“These national searches resulted in two exceptional finalists to serve as deans of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, and the College of Science, Technology and Health,” said USM Provost Michael Stevenson. “Our thanks to CAHS Search Chair Joyce Gibson and her committee, and to CSTH Search Chair Dahlia Lynn and her committee for all their work during a very busy time,” said Stevenson.

“A special thanks to Deans Lynn Kuzma and Andy Anderson for their leadership of these colleges and deep commitment to USM,” said Stevenson. “Our students and community supporters are fortunate that Lynn and Andy will continue as members of the academic community.” 

Avalos, the new dean of CAHS, has served as director of research partnerships and innovation, and associate vice chancellor for faculty support and development at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. In those roles, Avalos served as liaison between faculty and private industry in developing mutually beneficial relationships, and was a key member of a leadership team responsible for faculty recruitment and professional development.  He also was a leader in the development of a five-year strategic plan to guide implementation of new programs and capital construction projects.  

Earlier in his career, Avalos worked at Arizona State University, West Campus where he held appointments as associate vice-provost for research and faculty development, social sciences program coordinator, and associate director of the Hispanic Research Center. Avalos holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of New Mexico and an M.A. and B.A. in political science from the University of Arizona.

Graves, the new dean of CSTH, has served as dean and professor at the University of Utah’s College of Health and Department of Exercise and Sport Science. His research interests include exercise and aging, musculoskeletal physiology, prevention and rehabilitation of orthopedic injuries, and the use of computer applications and data analysis in biomedical research.

Prior to joining the University of Utah, Graves served as associate dean for graduate studies, budget and research and as director of the Musculoskeletal Research Laboratory at Syracuse University’s School of Education. He also was an associate scientist in the Division of Cardiology at the University of Florida’s College of Medicine. 

Graves holds active Fellowships in the American College of Sports Medicine and the National Academy of Kinesiology, and was named the Syracuse University United Methodist Scholar/Teacher of the Year in 1999. He earned his Ph.D. in exercise science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, an M.A. in biological sciences from Central Connecticut State University and a B.A. in biological sciences from Ithaca College.