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Glenn Chambers recommended as interim dean of Honors College

A headshot of Glenn Chambers in a black blazer and white collared shirt, with greenery in the background.

Today Interim Provost Thomas Jeitschko officially recommended Glenn Chambers to serve as interim dean of the Michigan State University Honors College, effective June 10. 

“With his leadership experiences in the Honors College, RCAH, CAL, and Undergrad Ed; his work across a broad range of academic and administrative projects; and his demonstrated commitments to academic excellence and student success, Dr. Chambers will provide strong leadership, stability, and continuity for the Honors College during this time of transition,” Jeitschko said. 

Chambers will serve as interim dean designee leading up to the Board of Trustees meeting on June 28. Pending board approval, he will succeed Honors College Dean Christopher Long. 

“It will be both an honor and privilege to serve the Honors community as interim dean,” Chambers said. “I am humbled to be recommended for the position and look forward to working to maintain the strength and vitality of the college.” 

Glenn Chambers stands with Sparty in a room at Cowles House.

Chambers is currently associate dean in the Honors College, where he has worked to foster strong partnerships and relationships with undergraduate colleges across the university. He is also a member of the college’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Leadership Team, helping advance the Honors College’s efforts in these areas in alignment with its strategic plan. 

“I have served the Honors College as associate dean for the past three years and understand the special role the college plays on campus,” Chambers said. “I look forward to working closely with the Honors leadership team, staff, students, and our many partners across the colleges to help ensure that the mission and vision of Honors continue to grow and nurture MSU and the broader community.”  

This recommendation comes at a time of immense growth and opportunity for the Honors College, as construction on its Campbell Hall living-learning community began Monday, May 13. 

A History of Leadership 

Chambers also serves as interim dean of the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities, a position he has held since August 2023 and will retain. 

Over the years, Chambers has held administrative appointments in the College of Arts and Letters, as director of the African American and African Studies program, and in the Office of Undergraduate Education, as associate dean.  

A headshot of Glenn Chambers, sitting in a group of people, looking forward.

A professor in the Department of History, Chambers is a historian of the Modern Caribbean specializing in the former British colonies post emancipation. He has authored two books on Caribbean immigration/migration along with a co-edited volume on the African Diaspora, in addition to articles in academic journals. He earned his Ph.D. in Latin American and Caribbean history from Howard University. 

Chambers is also a jazz aficionado and musician, and he is currently working on a biography of jazz saxophonist Eric Dolphy. 

An internal search for the next Honors College dean will begin in the fall. 

The original version of this story appeared here in MSUToday. 

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