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Maligo named new Dean of College of Arts and Sciences

Maligo named new Dean of College of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Pedro Maligo

Dr. Pedro Maligo has been appointed Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences at Doane University, effective July 1. Maligo comes to Doane from Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri, where he has served as the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences since July of 2015.


“I am very excited about this new opportunity,” Maligo said. “Doane is a very good place to be and I can’t wait to get started.”

Born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Maligo received a bachelor’s degree in Portuguese and English and a master’s degree in Brazilian Literature from Pontificia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro. Maligo received a P.h.D. in Portuguese from the University of Texas at Austin in 1990.


Maligo has a wealth of experience in higher education, serving as a professor of Portuguese at UT-Austin, Yale, and Michigan State, before serving as chair of the department of foreign languages at Coastal Carolina University and the chair of the department of modern and classical languages at Columbus State University. Most recently as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Rockhurst, Maligo led a college with 12 departments and 73 full-time instructors. He believes his recent experience at Rockhurst can translate well to benefit Doane.


“I am most excited about growing programs that will attract this generation of undergraduate students,” Maligo said. “Some of my other main initiatives in this new role are to enhance the international experience of our students at Doane and to develop new revenue streams in collaboration with the College of Professional Studies and the College of Education.”


In his role as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Doane, Maligo will be an integral member of the Academic Leadership Team of the Office of Academic Affairs. In order for Doane to continue to be innovative and entrepreneurial, he will be able to support this by:

  • Developing a communication plan that allows faculty, staff, and students to be knowledgeable and engaged in College of Arts & Sciences efforts
  • Supporting the assessment plans of courses, programs, and faculty
  • Connecting with the College of Professional Studies to define processes and policies for students to easily take courses across our colleges and campuses
  • Helping envision new academic opportunities needed to develop and launch


Maligo will replace Dr. Jennifer Bossard, who has been serving as interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences for the past year. Bossard stepped into an interim role after John Burney stepped down as dean in June of 2017, electing to become a full-time faculty member teaching history.


“Dr. Bossard has done a great job in ensuring continuity,” said Dr. Paul Savory, vice president for Academic Affairs. “Both the conscientious manner with which she performed her responsibilities and the concern she showed in supporting faculty and students demonstrated a level of professionalism that I have rarely witnessed. As a campus community, we owe her a huge thank you for serving as our interim dean.”


A nationwide search was conducted for the dean position. Dr. Lorie Cook-Benjamin, dean of the College of Professional Studies, and Dr. Barbara Herzog, vice chair of faculty council, served as co-chairs of the search committee.