Kat Riddler, Managing Editor
The University of Missouri-St. Louis has hired Andrew Kersten to tbe the new Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. The Interim Dean Teresa Thiel will continue serving until August 1 when Kersten will take over.
The College of Arts and Sciences is the largest college at UMSL with approximately 4,000 undergraduate and 800 graduate students with a wide range of accredited baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral degrees and multi-disciplinary certificates through 18 departments and numerous centers. There are nearly 5,000 additional high school students in the Advanced Credit Program.
Kersten is currently the Dean of the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Idaho. Kersten’s administration experience started at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. While there for two years, he was the associate vice chancellor, associate provost for academic affairs and director of graduate studies before he was the chair of the Department of Democracy and Justice Studies.
At the University of Idaho, Kersten helped reverse enrollment declines and increase student retention in the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences when he moved there in 2014. The college saw a 46 percent increase in incoming residential first-year students, and the rate of retention of first-year students rose to 99 percent from the 2016-17 to 2017-18 academic years.
Kersten led an initiative to launch Idaho’s first online degree programs. This program has proved to be successful at raising external funds and establishing corporate partnerships and has cultivated interdisciplinary relationships within the college.
Kersten’s academic interest is in history. Kersten earned his bachelor’s in history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and went on to the University of Cincinnati for his master’s and doctoral degrees. He joined the faculty at Wisconsin-Green Bay in 1997.
He is the author of such books as “Race, Jobs, and the War: The FEPC in the Midwest, 1941-1946,” “A. Philip Randolph: A Life in Vanguard,” “Labor’s Home Front: The American Federation of Labor and World War II,” “Clarence Darrow: American Iconoclast” and “For Jobs and Freedom: The Selected Speeches and Writings of A. Philip Randolph.”