Interim Dean of Sciences and Health Professions Named
It was announced Wednesday, Aug. 10, that Dr. Brian Fors has been named Interim Dean of Sciences and Health Professions.
During his academic career, serving as an adjunct faculty member, UFT faculty member, Academic Director, Dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Interim Provost, and as an HLC Peer Reviewer, Dr. Fors brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to RCTC.
While serving as Dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences for seven years at South Central College Brian created more robust science course offerings in biology, chemistry, and physics, and acquired funding and additional resources to develop an advanced science lab, workspace and storage to support these offerings. Brian also developed new physic survey and ecology courses, with the latter including field experiences in Costa Rica related to Rainforest Ecology. An advocate for providing students high quality academic support, he acquired the resources to support a science tutoring area to support all science labs.
As a faculty member, Brian chaired the college curriculum committee and collaborated with nursing program faculty and staff for a complete curricular revision to help ensure the alignment of student learning outcomes to programmatic and accreditation requirements. Brian also served as the Interim Provost at Mesabi Range college from 2012 – 2013. While doing so he worked with the Paramedic Program Coordinator to promote the program throughout the Iron Range. He also supported the Certified Nursing Assistant program in its establishment of new off-campus offerings to bring the program to the people in need of training.
Serving as a Higher Learning Commission Peer Reviewer for 10 years, Brian has an in depth understanding, knowledge and working experience with institutional accreditation, and comprehensive site visits with AQIP and other HLC Pathway processes. As a faculty member and administrator, Brian has a strong commitment to creating inclusive communities. He served as Chief Diversity Officer for three years, oversaw the college’s Diversity Strategic Plan, and has been a longtime advocate for removing barriers in systems that tend to perpetuate biases.
Throughout his career, Dr. Fors has worked to harness the tremendous talent that exists on college campuses to support students and change their lives through education. His core values as a leader include creativity, integrity, teamwork, diversity, openness, and trust. He places great value in building community and has worked to achieve a sense of shared values and common direction at the institutions he has served.
Dr. Fors’ first day on campus will be Monday, Aug. 15.