Rhodes’ Academic Leader Receives Permanent Appointment


Publication Date: 5/1/2009

Rhodes College President William E. Troutt has announced the appointment of Michael R. Drompp as Dean of the Faculty and Vice President for Academic Affairs.

“Michael Drompp has earned the trust and confidence of both faculty and administrative colleagues, many times over,” said President Troutt. “His record as a teacher-scholar and years of service to Rhodes as a department chair and chair of the tenure and promotion committee, and his leadership in the area of postgraduate opportunities and international education make him the perfect choice for this role.”

Drompp’s responsibilities include promoting excellence in teaching and scholarship as well as close student-faculty interactions. In addition, he provides leadership for academic departments and interdisciplinary programs in curricular, personnel and budgetary matters.

A published authority on Chinese and Inner Asian history, Drompp has served as the campus liaison for the Luce Scholars Program that fosters cultural exchange between Asia and the United States. He also has been a Faculty Fellow for International Programs, serving as a liaison between the faculty and Rhodes’ Buckman Center for International Education.

Drompp joined the Rhodes faculty in 1989 and received the Clarence Day Award for Outstanding Teaching in 1999. He also is a pianist and composer. He holds B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Indiana University. He was promoted to associate professor in 1993 and full professor in 2003, and chaired both the Department of History and the Asian Studies Program for several years. Drompp has also served as Dean of Academic Affairs for Postgraduate Fellowships.

“I am honored to be named to this position, and very pleased that I will be able to continue to work with our extraordinary faculty in this capacity,” said Drompp.  “The excellence of our academic program is my highest priority, and I look forward to the many opportunities I will have to collaborate with my faculty colleagues as we strive to make it even better for the benefit of our students.”