Hesston College has announced Carren Moham as the new associate academic dean. Moham will start her new role at the beginning of August.

The role of associate academic dean is a newly formed position at Hesston, replacing the dean of student success position formerly held by Deb Roth, who was named vice president of student life in May. Moham’s role will be to coordinate student success initiatives within academics, provide time and attention to faculty development and mentoring, and work alongside the vice president of academics.

“Dr. Moham’s work in faculty development will help us to boost the level of our programs and teaching in all areas, and particularly as we continue to explore four-year degree options,” said Brent Yoder, vice president of academics. “She also brings experience that will benefit Hesston College as we work to accommodate and assist with the needs of students from all backgrounds and cultures and be a truly welcoming place for all.”

Moham earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in vocal health and black music history from the Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, as well as a master’s degree in vocal performance from the University of Oklahoma in Norman and a bachelor’s degree in education from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Okla.

Moham served on the faculty of Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Ill., for 16 years, where she taught private voice and held administrative roles as junior faculty advisor and mentor, vice chair of the faculty development committee, student academic advisor, co-chair of the multicultural study group and advisor and fundraiser for the offices of the president and provost. She has presented at conferences on topics ranging from closing the achievement gap to student retention, and has led workshops on cultural competence and college preparedness.