Francisco announces resignation as dean, professor

Francisco announces resignation as dean, professor

Joseph S. Francisco, dean-select of the College of Arts and Sciences. (Photo by Kevin Swan)
Joseph Francisco, dean of arts and sciences, has announced his resignation, effective June 30.

After four years with the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, Joseph Francisco has announced his intent to resign as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and as a professor of chemistry.

The resignation is effective June 30.

“It has been an honor and privilege to lead and serve this outstanding college for the past four years,” Francisco wrote in an email announcing his resignation. “I am ready to embark on a new journey personally. I am looking forward to renewing my passion for research and am excited to continue to contribute in my field. I look forward to the opportunities that await me professionally and personally.”

Francisco, who previously served as a professor of earth and atmospheric sciences and chemistry at Purdue University, began his Nebraska tenure on July 1, 2014. He has served more than three decades as a scholar and researcher, having made important contributions in the field of atmospheric chemistry.

In a message to the college, Donde Plowman, executive vice chancellor and chief academic officer, thanked Francisco for his leadership along with his help in increasing enrollment, adding faculty, and expanding outreach to alumni and other partners.

“The last four years under Joe’s leadership has been an exhilarating time for the college and I will do everything necessary to maintain its positive trajectory,” Plowman said “I hope you will join me in this effort.”

Plowman said an interim dean will be appointed. Details of the process will be announced.