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Seton Hall names Bryan Crable Founding Dean of the College of Human Development, Culture and Media

Bryan Crable, a writer and professor of communication and rhetorical studies at Villanova University, was named as the Founding Dean of the College of Human Development, Culture and Media, Interim Provost Erik Lillquist announced in an email on Tuesday afternoon.

The announcement of the new dean comes just after the launch of CHDCM, Seton Hall’s new college that merged the College of Communication and the Arts and the College of Education and Human Services, on Aug. 1.

Dean Crable said in the email that is excited to join the Seton Hall Community. “This new college represents an unparalleled opportunity,” he said. “It will give Seton Hall students a truly unique education, combining mastery in their fields of study with the added power of interdisciplinary tools and perspectives.”

Crable, who starts at Seton Hall on Aug. 14, served Villanova University’s Department of Communication in various faculty positions since 1998. He was named as founding director of their Waterhouse Family Institute for the Study of Communication and Society (WFI) in 2010 and worked as a professor of communication and rhetorical studies since 2012.

“I believe CHDCM can and will become an intellectual and pedagogical leader in the region and nation,” said Crable, who has doctorates in communication and philosophy from Purdue University, “Known as the place for cutting-edge, transdisciplinary engagement with the most pressing problems of our time.”

According to Inside The Hall, Crable received multiple awards and citations such as Villanova’s Outstanding Faculty Mentor Teaching Award for 2021 and two Presidential Citations from the National Communication Association.

Said Lillquist, “With Dean Crable at the helm, I am enthusiastic about the college’s potential to grow in stature and benefit our students, the University and society.”

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