May 19, 2016
Dear Friends of the John V. Roach Honors College,
I am very pleased to announce that, following an extensive national search, Dr. Diane Snow has accepted the position of dean of the John V. Roach Honors College. She will start in August.
A graduate of Akron, Diane earned her Ph.D. in neuroscience from Case Western University. Currently, she is professor of neuroscience at the University of Kentucky, where she holds an endowed chair in the Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Research Center. In addition, Diane is the interim director of the UK Honors program and director of undergraduate Research at the University.
Diane has authored more than 50 scientific articles and her work has received support from the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Department of Defense and the Christopher and Diana Reeve Foundation, among others.
She completed her postdoctoral fellowship and research assistant professorship at the University of Minnesota with a focus on spinal cord injury and neural regeneration and has been on the faculty at Kentucky since 1996.
I wish to thank the Search Committee who worked so diligently over so many months: Rob Garnett (chair), Mark Wassenich, Peter Worthing, Megan Soyer, Eric Simanek, Andy Schoolmaster, Francesca Roberts, Jan Quesada, Mary Patton, Lauren Nixon, Bill Moncrief, Jacqueline Lambiase, David Grant, Elizabeth Gillaspy, Blaise Ferrandino, Josh Blankenship, Adam Baggs and Glenda Daniels.
I also wish to thank Sarah Robbins, Lorraine Sherley Professor in Literature, who for two years has acted as interim dean of the College at a time of great change. I greatly appreciate Sarah’s commitment to strong, transparent and strategic planning. Sarah’s contributions add luster to the history of the College.
Please join me in welcoming Diane to our campus and community.