Published: March 10, 2008
The University of Tampa has named Dr. Anne V. Gormly, psychology
professor and vice president and dean of faculties at Georgia College
& State University (GCSU), the new dean of the College of Social
Sciences, Mathematics, and Education.
As dean, Gormly will
oversee the departments of criminology, education, government, history,
sociology, mathematics and psychology.
At Georgia College,
Gormly helped implement the university’s public liberal arts mission,
resulting in GCSU becoming one of three destination institutions in
Georgia. She also helped launch Georgia College’s Center for Excellence
in Teaching and Learning, and was a leader in the institution’s iPod
initiative, which helps stimulate the innovative instructional use of
Janet McNew, UT’s provost and vice president for
academic affairs, said the University is fortunate to have attracted
“someone with her background and accomplishments to lead this new
Prior to her post at GCSU, Gormly taught
psychology for more than 25 years at The College of New Jersey
(formerly Trenton State College). There she also served as director of
the Office of Academic Advising and acting vice president for Academic
Affairs. She was also selected as an American Council on Education
Gormly said she first became interested in The
University of Tampa while studying best practices at private liberal
arts colleges. Later, her daughter-in-law graduated from UT and she
learned first hand about the quality education students receive.
“When I learned of the search for the new dean, I jumped at the
opportunity to be a part of this excellent institution,” Gormly said.
Dr. Steve Hekkanen, UT professor of psychology and chair of the search
committee, said Gormly’s experience as provost at GC&SU, academic
background and leadership style made her a perfect fit for UT.
“She’s the right person to lead the faculty in creating a vision for
the College of Social Sciences, Mathematics, and Education,” Hekkanen
Gormly holds a doctorate and master's degree in
psychology from the University of Illinois and a bachelor’s degree in
mathematics from Rhode Island College.
specialty is in the area of developmental psychology with a
specialization in lifespan developmental psychology. In 1997 Gormly
authored a textbook on lifespan human development, and has co-authored
or contributed to three other books. She has also worked for 17 years
as a therapist.
Gormly serves on the Board of Directors of Goodwill Industries of Middle Georgia and the Central Savannah River Area.
She begins her post at UT on July 1.