Lona Robertson named associate dean of Bumpers College

Feb. 18, 2011
Contact Information:

Michael E. Vayda, Dean, Bumpers College
479-575-2034, mvayda@uark.edu

Lona J. Robertson, Associate Dean, Bumpers College
479-575-2034, ljrobert@uark.edu

Howell Medders, Division of Agriculture Communications
479-575-5647, hmedders@uark.edu

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Lona J. Robertson, Associate Dean, Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences
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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Michael E. Vayda, dean of Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences at the University of Arkansas, announced the appointment of Lona J. Robertson, an associate professor in the School of Human Environmental Sciences, as associate dean of Bumpers College, effective Feb. 16.

Robertson is moving from her teaching and research position as coordinator of the apparel studies program in the school, which is part of Bumpers College.

The former associate dean, Donna Graham, returned to her previous faculty position as a professor of agricultural and extension education.

Vayda said, “I am pleased to welcome Dr. Robertson to the administrative team that supports our faculty in providing the best possible education for our students. She brings a wealth of experience in academic program assessment, faculty mentoring, curriculum development and other areas. She has been active in international experiences for students, development of distance education programs and development of capstone experiences for students.”

Robertson joined the University of Arkansas faculty in January 2006 after 11 years at Oklahoma State University, including five years as assistant dean for academic programs and services in the OSU College of Human Environmental Sciences.

Robertson led the development of one of the first online, multi-institution, master’s degree programs in family financial planning at OSU. Her teaching and research were in design, housing and merchandising.

Robertson grew up in Indiana and Florida. Her B.S. degree in fashion merchandising and M.S. degree in clothing and textiles are from Florida State University. She was an assistant professor of textiles, apparel and merchandising at Indiana State University from 1986 to 1995. While on the ISU faculty she completed requirements for a doctorate in education at Indiana University in 1995, and she joined the OSU faculty that year.