Stephen Wright, professor of politics and international affairs, has been chosen to serve as interim dean for the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences effective July 1.

Wright will replace Michael Stevenson who has accepted a provost position in Maine.

“It is a great honor to be asked to serve as its interim dean,” Wright said. “This college is recognized for its dynamic role within NAU, and I hope to help increase the diverse contributions it makes to the university community.

Wright began his career at NAU in 1985 when he accepted a position teaching politics and international affairs. He served as department chair from 1999 to 2002, and accepted the role of director for NAU’s then-named International Office in 2004, where he utilized skills gained from his time working as a professor and program director in Germany, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and Nigeria. He also has served as a study abroad and national exchange advisor and a Fulbright Scholar. He left the center in 2007 to return to teaching full-time.

“Dr. Wright offers a wealth of experience from his service as chair of the department of politics and international affairs and director of what is now NAU’s Center for International Education,” said Liz Grobsmith, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs. “He is dedicated to the mission of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and will build upon the momentum created by Dr. Stevenson.”