Fister Named Dean of College of Arts and Sciences at Maryville University

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Maryville University has announced that Cherie Fister, MFA, will serve as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, effective June 1. Fister has served as interim dean since June 2014.

Cherie Fister, MFA

“Cherie's experience as a past program director, associate dean and interim dean clearly provides her with the experience and wisdom to lead the College as it thrives and grows."

Maryville University has announced that Cherie Fister, MFA, will serve as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, effective June 1. Fister has served as interim dean since June 2014.

“Cherie's experience as a past program director, associate dean and interim dean clearly provides her with the experience and wisdom to lead the College as it thrives and grows,” said Mary Ellen Finch, PhD, vice president for academic affairs. “I am delighted she has accepted the position and look forward to her leadership.”

Fister joined the faculty of Maryville University in 1995, as director of the new graphic design program she created. Under her leadership, Maryville’s graphic design and interactive design programs have received NASAD accreditation and are well known throughout the St. Louis region and beyond. Fister has also served as associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

“The College of Arts and Sciences has long been a nexus of creative and critical thinking and its diversity is what creates such a rich environment for students and faculty alike,” Fister said. “I believe the College is poised to grow significantly as we integrate a meaningful liberal arts experience with professional preparation.”

Fister earned her bachelor’s degree at Northeast Missouri State and her MFA at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. In 2012, she received the Outstanding Faculty Award at Maryville for her teaching. She was also given a 2009 Fellow Award by AIGA, the national association for professional designers.

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About Maryville University
Maryville University is a selective, comprehensive, and nationally ranked private institution with an enrollment of nearly 6,000 students. Maryville offers more than 75 degrees at the undergraduate, masters and doctoral levels to students from 50 states and 30 countries. Consistently ranked as a top private school by Forbes and Kiplinger’s, in 2012 and 2013, Maryville has been named the No. 1 Overperforming University in the nation by U.S. News & World Report for the past two years. Maryville’s athletics teams compete at the Division II level in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. Founded in 1872, the University is ideally situated on 130 picturesque acres in west St. Louis County, Missouri.

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