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CAHSS Welcomes New Dean


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Tanya Boone
Tanya Boone recently assumed her new role as dean of the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (CAHSS). She comes to USC Upstate from California State University, Bakersfield, where she was associate dean in the School of Social Sciences and Education for nearly five years. Boone said she sees her new role as supporting and empowering faculty and staff, and helping them provide students with the kinds of opportunities that will help them succeed in life.

“I am passionate about the power of higher education to transform lives, especially in under-served and first-generation communities,” Boone said. “This passion is the foundation of my work and motivates me to collaborate with faculty and staff to generate creative and innovative strategies for best meeting the needs of our students. I am eager to continue and expand this work at USC Upstate.”

Boone, a native of Washington state, earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in social work from the University of Washington in 1990 and Master of Arts in communication studies from the University of Arizona in 1997. In 2003, she received her Ph.D. in human development and family studies from The Pennsylvania State University.

She joined CSU Bakersfield’s Department of Psychology in 2003 as an assistant professor and achieved the rank of full professor in 2016. From 2009 to 2014, Boone served as faculty coordinator within the university’s Center for Community Engagement and Career Education. She was chair of CSU Bakersfield’s Department of Psychology from 2013 to 2016 and of Advanced Education Studies from 2016 through 2019.

“We are delighted to welcome Dr. Tanya Boone as the next dean of our College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences,” said USC Upstate Provost David Schecter. “More than 100 candidates applied for this position. With more than a decade of leadership in higher education, as well as her extensive experience with community service and engagement, Dr. Boone is highly qualified and extremely motivated. I believe she will do an outstanding job.”

Boone’s scholarship has focused on family and adolescent development. Her leadership experience has centered on supporting student success, in collaboration with faculty and staff, while serving on executive teams to promote the university’s strategic goals, including improving student retention and graduation rates.