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    New Drury president's first leadership hire is dean for School of Architecture

    By Claudette Riley, Springfield News-Leader,

    2024-06-13

    Drury University has a new dean for the Hammons School of Architecture, the first leadership hire named since Jeff Frederick started work this month as the institution's 19th president.

    Joshua Nason, a former professor and architecture program director from the University of Texas at Arlington, will step into the role.

    His experience includes academic leadership, curriculum development and architectural experience.

    “Teaching design is curating a series of experiences that help students realize their authentic potential to positively impact the built world, humanity, and the environment,” said Nason, in a Thursday news release. “In addition to skill-building and established truisms, it’s about discovery; helping students explore yet-to-be-answered questions with their own voices that advance architecture.”

    Nason has a professional master's degree from Texas Tech University as well as a post-professional master's degree from Cornell University, both in architecture.

    According to the release, Nason is known as a collaborator and team builder who partners with local communities and professional architects.

    Nason has served in multiple leadership roles with in the University of Texas at Arlington's School of Architecture, one of the largest design programs in the U.S.

    “Professor Nason is an innovative educator, scholar, and academic leader committed to providing high-quality educational experiences that result in exceptional student outcomes,” says Drury Provost Beth Harville.

    In the release, Harville said Nason will focus on enhancing instruction and engaging students. He is also committed to preserving the culture of the program.

    Drury said Nason believes architectural education is at a critical crossroads with technological advances, which will drive a focus on critical thinking along with professional training.

    The Hammons School of Architecture offers a five-year Master of Architecture degree accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board.

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