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Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences Blacksburg, VA

Virginia Tech Executive Vice President and Provost Cyril Clarke has appointed Laura Belmonte as the next dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences. She will assume this new role as dean on August 1.

Belmonte currently serves as associate dean for instruction and personnel at Oklahoma State University. Belmonte joined the faculty at Oklahoma State University in 1996 and during her tenure has served as the director of American studies and head of the Department of History before taking on her current role in 2018. At Oklahoma State, Belmonte was a co-founder of both the American Studies and Gender and Women’s Studies programs. During her tenure as department head, she brought in donor funding to support additional endowed positions, worked creatively to increase the revenue of the department during a period of budget retrenchments, and piloted an initiative to strengthen the department’s ability to serve underrepresented students and to diversify the faculty.

Belmonte serves on the nominating committee of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations. She has also served on the Society’s national council and the editorial board of its official journal, Diplomatic History. She is serving her third three-year term on the U.S. Department of State’s Advisory Committee for Historical Diplomatic Documentation, a group that participates in ongoing debates over transparency and declassification and the intersections between historical events and contemporary diplomacy.

Belmonte holds a bachelor's degree in history from the University of Georgia and an MA and PhD from the University of Virginia.

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