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Duquesne University names new dean

James Swindal, a Duquesne University philosophy professor since 2005, has been named dean of the Duquesne’s McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts.

University President Charles Dougherty announced the appointment this afternoon.

University officials said Swindal has served as acting dean of the McAnulty College since July 2011, while continuing to serve as chairman of the philosophy department. Over the past year, he oversaw the launch of Duquesne’s Center for African Students, a program that is part of Duquesne’s goal to place a new emphasis on Africa and the African diaspora.

“The (McAnulty) college is at the heart of our university in many important ways and I am confident that Jim has the skills and commitment to bring us to a new and higher level of excellence,” said Dougherty. “With Jim’s leadership, we are now in a position to move forward to enhance our teaching, research and service to God by serving our students.”

An expert in ethics, Catholic philosophy and neo-pragmatism, Swindal previously taught at John Carroll University in various positions and was a teaching fellow at Boston College, where he received his doctorate in philosophy.

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