Dean of LA retiring after fall semester

Gabi Wy

Michael Aakhus, dean of liberal arts, will retire after the fall semester.

Ann White, dean of nursing and health professions, spoke at a fall faculty meeting expressing appreciation for how helpful Aakhus has been to her throughout her own time at the university.

Her words led to all faculty members on their feet during a standing ovation for Aakhus.

Provost Ronald Rochon also said he is grateful for Aakhus’s positive presence on campus.

“Michael Aakhus has been a human being on campus that provides kindness, leadership, direction and civility,” Rochon said.

Aakhus is a professor of art and has been at the university for 38 years.