Dr. Peter Braza, dean of the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, will return to the faculty at the end of 2018 after more than six years leading the largest college at UCCS. Provost Tom Christensen will identity an interim dean by the end of the semester.
“I want to thank Peter for his years of service in this important role and for his many accomplishments in leading the college,” Christensen said. “In the next weeks, I’ll be working with the faculty in the college to identify interim leadership ahead of a national search for a permanent dean.”
Braza oversaw an enrollment growth of credit hours of more than 32 percent during his tenure. The college is a collection of 18 departments and nearly 300 faculty members and accounts for approximately half of the bachelor degrees awarded by UCCS each year.
“I am grateful to have had the opportunity to serve the students, faculty, and staff in the college,” Braza said. “I am much appreciative of the excellent staff, and I enjoyed working with the hard-working faculty on new programs that benefited our students in new ways.”
Braza replaced Christensen as dean, who also opted to return to the faculty in the physics department before his appointment as Provost in fall 2017.
Braza was previously acting associate provost at the University of North Florida from 2010 to 2012, and the interim dean of the College of Computing, Engineering and Construction and associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at UNF. He joined the faculty as an assistant professor of mathematics in 1988, was promoted to associate professor in 1994 and professor in 2008.