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MALS Program Announces New Leadership

Dr. Michael Garval has been named the new Director of the Masters of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) program in CHASS. Dr. Garval, Associate Professor of French in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, has been associated with the MALS program for a number of years, acting as a member of the advisory board as well as teaching MALS seminars.

“Dr. Garval brings extensive ability and talent to the MALS program,” said Vicki Gallagher, Intrim Associate Dean of Academic Affairs. “His experience will serve the college and program well.”

Dr. Bob Kochersberger, Associate Professor of English, is stepping down as the MALS program director. “Dr. Kochersberger has had a strong and positive influence on the program,” said Gallagher. “On behalf of the college, I thank him for his willingness to guide and strengthen the program. His dedication and energy have served the MALS program well.”

The Masters of Arts in Liberal Studies program is designed for adult, part-time students, most of whom are working while in the program. The program offers students with real world experience the opportunity to design their own field of study and select courses throughout the university specific to their personal interests. The program allows students to work closely with staff and faculty, and is intended for those who seek personal enrichment and wish to expand their awareness of the world in which we live.