Mari Castañeda, professor of communication and associate dean for equity and inclusion in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, has been named the new dean of the Commonwealth Honors College at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She will start Sept. 1.
The appointment was made by John J. McCarthy, provost and senior vice chancellor for academic affairs. Castañeda succeeds Dean Gretchen Gerzina, who is returning to the faculty after five years of distinguished service.
McCarthy said, “Mari Castañeda’s prior involvement with Commonwealth Honors College, her accomplishments as a faculty member and administrator, and her commitment to our mission and values have prepared her very well indeed for this crucial leadership role. The other deans and I look forward to working with her.”