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SEU Announces New Dean for the College of Behavioral & Social Sciences

Dr. Nathaniel Pearson has been appointed to the role of dean of the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences. Pearson is stepping in for Dr. Erica Sirrine, who has served at Southeastern since 2014, and will officially begin on July 12, 2021.

Before joining the Southeastern community, Pearson was the inaugural Elvin and Fleta Patterson Sims Director of the Berry Center for Integrity in Leadership at Berry College in Rome, Ga. Under his leadership, the center impacted thousands of students and community members through curricular and co-curricular courses, programs and events.

“Dr. Nathaniel Pearson brings interdisciplinary leadership to the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences,” said Provost and Chief Academic Officer Dr. Meghan Griffin. “He will be an incredible asset not only to the college, but also to the campus-wide community as we work to refine our internal leadership development programs in every discipline.”

Pearson comes from an extensive background in higher education. He served as an assistant professor, program chair and executive director at Cabrini University, as well as an assistant professor and interim program chair at West Virginia University. Pearson has also earned a Ph.D. in Leadership Studies from Gonzaga University and an MA in Counseling from Regent University.

In addition, Pearson has worked as a counselor, family therapist and site director for many family counseling centers, as well as being the executive director and pastor of Bellevue Foursquare Church. As an interdisciplinary scholar focused on social services leadership and compassion fatigue in helping professions, he has published and presented on the subjects of meaningful work, servant-leadership, personality, mentoring, qualitative research, community development and burnout. He has also served overseas and led mission and community development teams in the Philippines, Colombia, Mexico and Japan.

“From the moment that I stepped onto SEU’s campus, it was clear that I was surrounded by men and women who are committed to pouring their lives into the next generation of influencers who will change this world for the better,” said Pearson. “It was a great privilege to connect with and hear the hearts of the faculty of the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences. I knew that these were people that I wanted to work with and for.”

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