Dr. Honora Chapman named interim dean of the College of Arts and Humanities

Dr. Honora Howell Chapman - Photo by Cary Edmondson

In a letter to the Fresno State campus on Thursday, Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Bob Harper announced the appointment of Dr. Honora Chapman, the current associate dean, as interim dean of the College of Arts and Humanities at Fresno State, effective July 22.

Below is the entire announcement.

Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Honora Howell Chapman as interim dean of the College of Arts and Humanities at California State University, Fresno, effective July 22. Dr. Chapman succeeds Saúl Jiménez-Sandoval, who will serve as Fresno State’s new provost and vice president for Academic Affairs.

Dr. Chapman has served as associate dean of the College of Arts and Humanities since January 2016. She helped the college’s faculty and staff ensure that future generations of Fresno State students enjoy a superior, enriched education in the arts and humanities. Through our students, she strives to help the San Joaquin Valley continue to grow even more culturally and intellectually vibrant.

Dr. Chapman came to Fresno State in 2002 as an assistant professor of Classics and Humanities, and soon became the coordinator of Classics in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures. From May 2009 to June 2014, she served as the director of the Smittcamp Family Honors College, and in 2013, she received the Provost’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. Dr. Chapman also inaugurated the University lecture series Fresno State Talks in spring 2013, and she delivered the first Fresno State convocation faculty address in August 2014.

As a scholar, Dr. Chapman is a world-renowned authority on the Greek texts of Flavius Josephus, a first-century Jewish historian. She has published in some of the most prestigious venues in the field of Classics.

Dr. Chapman currently serves on the boards of San Joaquin Valley Town Hall and California Humanities.

With family roots in the Valley stretching back to the 1860s, Dr. Chapman is a fourth-generation resident.

I am confident that the College of Arts and Humanities will continue to thrive under her leadership, and I am grateful that Dr. Chapman has agreed to lead the college while a search is conducted for the next College of Arts and Humanities dean.

Sincerely,

Bob Harper
Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

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The College of Arts and Humanities provides a diverse student population with the communication skills, humanistic values and cultural awareness that form the foundation of scholarship. The college offers intellectual and artistic programs that engage students and faculty and the community in collaboration, dialog and discovery. These programs help preserve, illuminate and nourish the arts and humanities for the campus and for the wider community.

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