Dr. Marsi Archer, who currently serves as chair of the Chemical & Physical Sciences Department at Missouri Southern State University, has been announced as interim dean of the university’s School of Arts & Sciences.

She will begin her new duties on Aug. 1. She follows Dr. Richard Miller, who retired as dean at the end of the spring semester.

“I’m eager to be able to work with the faculty, staff and students in the School of Arts & Sciences,” Archer said. “It’s a very broad and varied school with lots of programs. I’m excited about that diversity and to learn more about each area as we continue striving for excellence.”

Archer received her bachelor’s of science in chemistry in 1993 from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va. She obtained her Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from Ohio State University in 1998.

She joined the Missouri Southern faculty in 1998 as an assistant professor, reaching associate professor status in 2003 and full professor in 2009. She has served as department chair since 2010.

She is a member of the planning committee for the Yours to Lose – Advanced Medical School Acceptance Program, helping develop curriculum for the pre-med program in conjunction with KCU’s new Joplin medical school, and developing criteria for admission into the program. She also serves as a member of the board of directors for the Missouri Center for Advanced Power and as the faculty athletics representative.

“Dr. Archer has long been recognized and appreciated as a valuable and effective administrator,” said Dr. Paula Carson, provost and vice president for academic affairs. “We are delighted that she has offered to assume the deanship at this critical time of Missouri Southern’s significant growth and expansion. The School of Arts & Sciences is comprised of several different and unique units, but they will all benefit from her leadership and extensive experience.”