Meet Our Deans

Nicholas Vazsonyi

Nicholas Vazsonyi

Dean of Clemson’s College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities (Joined July 2020)

Nicholas Vazsonyi has been chosen to lead the College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities. He previously served as chair of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, and Jesse Chapman Alcorn Memorial Professor of Languages at the University of South Carolina, the most complex and highest credit-hour producing department within the largest college at the University of South Carolina. “We welcome Dr. Vazsonyi as our newest dean, and look forward to his dynamic leadership,” said Robert H. Jones, executive vice president for academic affairs and provost at Clemson University. “Nicholas is a global thinker who understands the challenges of the future, a scholar who recognizes the full value of both design and humanities disciplines in the College, and he is a leader who never forgets that people are the heart of a university.”


Keith Belli

Keith Belli

Dean of Clemson’s College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences (Joined September 2018)

Under CAFLS’ new administrative structure, Belli will serve as the chief academic and administrative officer and associate vice president for PSA, and will collaborate with Askew to advance the interests of both the college and PSA. “Dr. Belli will be an excellent addition to the university based on his leadership experience at other land-grant institutions and his record of accomplishments as a faculty member,” said Clemson President James P. Clements. “I believe that he will do a wonderful job leading the College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences as well as serving the people of South Carolina through our public service activities.”


Christopher Cox

Christopher Cox

Dean of Clemson Libraries (Joined August 2018)

Christopher Cox, dean of library services at the University of Northern Iowa, has been chosen as the new dean of libraries for Clemson University. “I am honored and excited to be named Clemson University’s dean of libraries,” said Cox. “During my visit, I was impressed by the quality of the library’s faculty and staff and the great interest that students and faculty have in the libraries’ collections, services and spaces.


Leslie Hossfeld

Leslie Hossfeld

Dean of Clemson’s College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences (Joined July 2018)

People and their well-being are at the center of Leslie Hossfeld’s research, and she will bring her expertise and experience to Clemson University. Hossfeld joined the university as dean of the College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences (CBSHS) July 1. “Dr. Hossfeld’s skill at leading departments at two universities, and her scholarship and leadership across several social science disciplines, make her an excellent choice to lead Clemson’s newly configured College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences,” said Bob Jones, executive vice president and provost at Clemson.


Wendy York

Wendy York

Dean of Clemson’s College of Business (Joined July 2018)

“Wendy brings a unique combination of academic excellence, administrative leadership and private sector entrepreneurship to Clemson,” said Clemson President James P. Clements. “She has had a proven track record as a leader who can bring about organization-wide transformational change at one of America’s top business schools, and I am confident that her diverse background, energy, connections and strategic vision will help raise the national profile of our already strong College of Business.”


Cynthia Young

Cynthia Young

Dean of Clemson's College of Science (Joined August 2017)

Cynthia Y. Young, vice provost for Faculty Excellence and UCF Global at the University of Central Florida, has been chosen to lead the College of Science at Clemson University as its founding dean. “Attracting dynamic deans to lead our colleges is critically important as we continue our effort to be one of the very best public universities in the country,” said Clemson University President James P. Clements. “Cynthia has an exceptional track record of innovation, strategic thinking and success in leading high-performing teams. I am confident that she will build on the great work already being done in our College of Science.”


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Anand Gramopadhye

Dean of Clemson’s College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences (Appointed July 2013)

Gramopadhye joined Clemson in 1992, as an assistant professor. He was named chairman of the industrial engineering department in 2003, and assistant to the dean of the College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences in 2010. In 2011, he was appointed associate vice president for workforce development. He earned a bachelor’s degree in production engineering in 1987 from the University of Bombay, India, and a master of science in 1989 and a Ph.D. in 1992, both in industrial engineering, from the State University of New York, Buffalo.


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George Petersen

Dean of Clemson’s College of Education (Joined July 2014)

Dr. Petersen was selected as the inaugural dean for the newly formed College of Education in 2014. Prior to this appointment he served as Dean of the Graduate School of Education at California Lutheran University. He was the Chair of the Department of Graduate Studies at the California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo and Co-Director of the University of California Santa Barbara and Cal Poly Joint Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership. “We are pleased to have found a proven leader in Dr. Petersen to oversee the strategic development of the Moore School of Education,” said Clemson University President James P. Clements. “Like Gene Moore himself, he understands our mission is to prepare excellent teachers and school leaders, and to make a much-needed positive impact on K-12 education in South Carolina.”