With 109 majors offered, the College of Arts and Sciences is the biggest college on Oklahoma State’s campus, and in July, it will have a new dean.
Glen Krutz was announced as the new dean for the College of Arts and Sciences on March 26, and the Board of Regents approved the hire on Friday. Krutz’s approval marks the end of a national search that began in the fall.
“I’m really excited to join the Dean’s Council (at OSU) and to be with the great CAS Dean’s Office team,” Krutz said. “I’m really looking forward to getting to know the students and faculty at OSU, and I’m excited to come out to Stillwater.”
Krutz is the senior vice provost in the Office of Academic Affairs at the University of Oklahoma, a professor of political science and the Headington Hall Faculty-In-Residence. He will transition to OSU about July 1.
Krutz was one of four finalists for the position. Gary Sandefur, the provost and senior vice president of OSU, said he was impressed with all four of the finalists, but the committee ultimately chose Krutz because of his dedication to helping students.
“I think the main thing is his great experience in working on student success,” Sandefur said. “It is obvious commitment to students, but his desire to teach and be in the classroom and also his desire, and he seems to enjoy living in a residence hall with 300 students, so I think his commitment to students and his commitment to student success really kind of stood out.”
For about the past five years, Krutz has been working to increase student retention at OU, and he has had some success. Sandefur said he hopes Krutz will have the same success at OSU, and Krutz said he is eager to accept the challenge.
Before he can start to implement or develop any new plans to increase student retention and graduation, Krutz said he needs to get a better feel for OSU.
Krutz said he is communicating and starting to work with the associate deans in the Dean’s Office, so he has ideas that he thinks will help. However, he knows OU is different from OSU, so he said he needs to spend more time in Stillwater to adjust his strategies and come up with new ones geared specifically for OSU.
One of the strategies he had success with at OU was to increase need-based financial aid, which is something President Hargis has mentioned wanting to improve at OSU. Krutz said providing need based financial aid is important to increasing student retention because many students leave after their freshman years, not because they want to, but because they cannot afford tuition.
Krutz said he also intends to work to ensure that classes offered within the College of Arts and Sciences are academically challenging and beneficial to students, and he said he wants to help the faculty be the best teachers they can be.
The last thing Krutz said he wants to focus on is making sure students, especially new students, have opportunities to get connected.
“I do think that continuing really the charge and challenge from the Regents and President Hargis and Provost Sandefur to keep increasing student success,” Krutz said. “So, increasing the rates of student retention and student graduation. That’s a challenge I will definitely engage... I have a real passion for that.”
On Friday, the Board of Regents also approved Krutz as a professor and the Puterbaugh Foundation Chair.
Krutz said he is excited for the challenge of leading the largest college on OSU’s campus and what he considers to be the intellectual heart of the university. He said he hopes to accomplish a lot during his time at OSU.
“There’s a really good team in the dean’s office,” Krutz said. “I’ve been interacting with quite a few of them, the associate deans and such. It’s a terrific team, so I’m optimistic about coming in, working together and doing really good things for CAS and OSU.”