Hardee named Ellis College dean

© Henderson State UniversityDr. John Hardee has been appointed dean of the Ellis College of Arts and Sciences at Henderson State University. Hardee, a 28-year veteran professor at Henderson, has served as associate dean since 2005, and most recently as interim dean.

“Dr. Hardee is so deserving of this very important position,” said Dr. Maralyn Sommer, interim vice president for academic affairs. “He understands the value of the liberal arts and he is committed to the Ellis College and to the university in general.”

Sommer, who previously served as Ellis College dean, said Hardee “will do an excellent job in leading the arts and sciences forward, and will be a valuable asset to Dr. Steve Adkison, Henderson’s new provost, as they work together on behalf of our students, faculty, staff, and community.”

Hardee will officially assume his new position on July 1.

“I am pleased to be appointed dean of the Ellis College of Arts and Sciences,” Hardee said. “We will work to integrate the liberal arts with professional studies, bridging students’ academic aspirations to career success.

“We plan to connect with students and faculty to enhance our liberal arts core and our academic offerings.”

Hardee began his teaching career in 1968 as a Czech language specialist with the United States Air Force. He worked as a research chemist for Exxon from 1979-80 before returning to the classroom as an assistant professor at Louisiana State University – Eunice, where he also served as registrar and director of admissions for two years.

While serving as an adjunct professor at Lamar University in Port Arthur, Texas, Hardee worked at Texaco’s Port Arthur Research Laboratory as senior chemist from 1984-86.

Hardee joined Henderson in 1986 as an assistant professor of chemistry. After serving as director of undergraduate research, he became chair of the Department of Chemistry in 2000. In 2005, he was appointed associate dean of Ellis College.

Hardee received his B.S. degree in chemistry from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 1975, and his M.A. in physical chemistry in 1978 from Rice University in Houston, Texas. In 1979, Hardee received his Ph.D. in physical chemistry from Rice University.