Dr. Andrew Kurtz Named Dean of BGSU Firelands

Andy Kurtz

Bowling Green State University has announced that Dr. Andrew Kurtz will become the permanent dean of Firelands College on the Huron, Ohio, campus.  Kurtz has served as the interim dean since June of 2015.

“Dr. Kurtz has the broad experience necessary to lead BGSU Firelands' continued success as it prepares to expand and launch enhanced programs in public and allied health. He possesses strong credentials both as an academic and as an administrator,” said BGSU Provost and Senior Vice President Dr. Rodney Rogers.

According to Rogers the decision was made after careful consultation with BGSU Firelands faculty as well as a variety of Firelands-area constituents.

Since joining the BGSU Firelands humanities faculty in 1997, Kurtz has taken on positions of increasing responsibility. He served as department chair twice, from 2004-07 and from 2009-10, and he has served as associate dean for academic and student affairs since 2010.

Kurtz earned a doctoral degree in literary and cultural theory from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pa., a master’s degree in English from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, and a bachelor’s degree in English from the College of Wooster, Wooster, Ohio.

Kurtz and his family have lived in Huron for 19 years.

As dean of BGSU Firelands, Kurtz will be responsible for the completion of the $16 million Allied Health & Sciences Project which began in 2014.  The expansion and renovation project represents a commitment on behalf of BGSU Firelands to satisfy the growing need for the education of healthcare professionals in the community.

Kurtz will also lead the year-long celebration of the College’s 50th Anniversary which officially begins next month with a gala event at the campus.

Kurtz replaces former dean William Balzer who recently accepted the position of vice president for faculty affairs and strategic initiatives on the Bowling Green campus.  Kurtz will become the 8th permanent dean of BGSU Firelands.