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Dr. Michael Wanous joined the university in the summer of 2014. Prior to his work at Huntington, he served as the associate academic dean at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, S.D.
As dean, Wanous supervises faculty, plans and operates academic programs and oversees the library, student registration and academic facilities. He is responsible for creating, updating and overseeing the academic strategic plan for HU as well as providing leadership for assessment, accreditation, curriculum development, faculty development, faith-learning integration and the use of educational technology.
Wanous holds a Ph.D. in genetics from the University of Missouri, a Master of Science degree in plant breeding from Texas A&M University and a Bachelor of Science degree in agronomy and international agriculture from the University of Minnesota.
Prior to his role as associate academic dean, he served as the natural science division and biology department chair at Augustana in addition to teaching biology and genetics classes. His research efforts have focused on plant molecular cytogenetics and gene expression. Wanous spent a sabbatical in Norwich, United Kingdom, working at the John Innes Centre, an independent, international center focusing on plant science and microbiology. He also served as the president of the South Dakota Academy of Science.
Dr. Michael Wanous
Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty