Beginning July 1, Dean Nerger has appointed Professor Mike Antolin as Interim Chair of the department. The Dean noted as Associate Chair Mike has been very engaged in the Department and is well aware of the department operations. She believes Antolin will maintain the continuity of the department leadership and planning as well as keep us engaged in the new building planning process. His understanding of the summer session budget, differential tuition, and curricular concerns were also strengths she mentioned in a note to the faculty and staff. Mike has been a Professor in Biology since 1992. His research focuses on on the effects of fragmented and patchy populations in evolution, genetics, and ecology.