SPARTANBURG, S.C. – After serving Wofford College as its dean and chief academic officer for more than a quarter-century, Dr. Dan B. Maultsby has announced his retirement, effective Aug. 15, 2007.
“Coming to Wofford in the early 1990s following a career at large research universities, I was gratified to find a unique collegiality and a remarkably authentic sense of community among faculty, students, and staff. A lion’s share of the credit for sustaining that tradition and building on it over a lifetime belongs to Dan Maultsby — first as a student, then as a professor, and, finally, for 27 years, as a great and legendary dean,” said President Benjamin B. Dunlap.
“Dan Maultsby’s decision prompts very mixed emotions. I respect his desire to have more time with his family and to pursue personal interests, but at the same time, he has been my right hand and advisor during my seven years as president. Selfishly, I will miss having him in the office across the hall.”
Maultsby’s contributions will be celebrated by the college at the beginning of the upcoming fall semester, during which he will serve as speaker for the annual Fall Convocation.
In accepting Maultsby’s retirement, Dunlap announced that the new senior vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college will be Dr. David S. Wood, who is currently responsible for internal operations and planning. Current chief financial officer Robert L. Keasler Jr. will, as new senior vice president for internal operations, play a broader role in administration, coordination and planning.
“Because maintaining our current momentum and direction is of such paramount importance, we are extremely fortunate to have two senior cabinet officers with past experience directly related to their new responsibilities,” Dunlap added. “Under Dean Maultsby’s leadership, we have recently successfully completed an extensive self-study for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Among other significant undertakings, we have set several new academic goals that our Trustees want us to pursue without delay. These appointments assure that we will do so.”
Dunlap described Dean Maultsby’s impact on Wofford College as “literally incalculable.”
Dr. Richard Robinson, professor emeritus of mathematics and a colleague for many years, observed that “as dean of the college, Dan has been unusually open and sympathetic to faculty. He gives patient and careful consideration to faculty ideas and concerns, and he is a faithful advocate for the faculty to other constituencies of the college. Faculty recognize Dan Maultsby as a dean who can be trusted. . . to help them be the best teachers and scholars possible. . . . In a succession of fine academic administrators at Wofford, Dan Maultsby is surely one of the very best.”
Maultsby graduated from Wofford in 1961. After serving as an officer in the Army, for which he was awarded a Joint Services Commendation Medal, he completed his graduate studies in social psychology at the University of Tennessee and accepted an appointment to the Wofford faculty as a professor of sociology. Following 10 years of teaching, he moved into administration, laying the groundwork for a very successful financial aid program.
Maultsby was appointed vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college in 1980. In addition to his administrative responsibilities, Maultsby advised pre-law students and arranged internships for them, and he served on a number of community boards related to health care delivery.
In addition to working closely together as senior administrators and planners for the past five years, Wood and Keasler have in common the fact that they are both parents of recent Wofford graduates.
Wood joined the Wofford administration on Jan. 1, 1997, after serving as provost (chief academic officer) and chief operating officer at Tusculum College. He was promoted to senior vice president at Wofford in 2001.
An honor graduate with a major in history at Elon College (now Elon University), Wood was the team captain of championship football teams in the mid-1970s. He earned his master's degree at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, and he completed his doctorate in higher education administration at Vanderbilt University, generally considered the most prestigious program of its kind in the South.
During his time at Wofford, Wood has chaired a number of “task forces” that have moved the college forward in a variety of academic and student-life areas, including the new “Wofford Village” apartments for members of the senior class.
Keasler came to Wofford in 2002 as chief financial officer. Prior to that appointment, he served in positions of increasing responsibility on the senior staff at Anderson College (now Anderson University) in South Carolina from 1989 through 2002. In addition to supervising the business office, the athletics department, and various auxiliary enterprises, he worked extensively with the college’s investment portfolio and successfully managed a number of critical capital projects. He has served as the chair of the South Carolina College and University Business Officers Association for 10 years.
Keasler is a 1978 graduate of Clemson University and received his master’s in public accounting from Clemson in 1996. He was a staff accountant and later a senior auditor with Whisnant, Stancil & Cooper CPAs. His professional experience also includes work for Milliken & Co. and other large business firms.
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