Dr. Joseph P. Messina has been named the next dean of The University of Alabama’s College of Arts and Sciences.
Messina comes to UA after spending 18 years at Michigan State University working in numerous capacities, most recently as assistant vice president of research and innovation for the university and senior associate dean for faculty affairs in the College of Social Science, MSU’s largest college.
“Dr. Messina has been an impeccable leader throughout his career and will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the University’s largest college,” said Dr. Kevin Whitaker, UA executive vice president and provost. “I’m confident his vision and dedication will propel the College to new heights.”
As dean of UA’s College of Arts and Sciences, Messina will be charged with developing a future-oriented vision for the College and providing leadership on planning, curricular, research and budgetary decisions.
“I am honored to have been selected to be the next dean and excited by the opportunity to lead the College of Arts and Sciences,” Messina said. “I look forward to working together with faculty, staff, students, alumni and other leaders at The University of Alabama to build upon the legacy of those who came before me, including Dean Olin, to take the College to the next level.”
Messina will be joined in Tuscaloosa by his wife, Stacey, their two children, Sophie, 11, and Josiah, 5, and dog, Ivy.