Pharr accepts job with College of Saint Mary
Christine Pharr, who has been the Dean of Academic Programs for the past four years at Lewis-Clark State College, has resigned from her position effective July 31 to become the Vice President of Academic Affairs at the College of Saint Mary in Omaha, Neb.
Pharr has been associated with LCSC since 1996 when she started as an assistant professor teaching chemistry. In 2000, she became an associate professor, and then became Natural Sciences and Mathematics Division chair two years later. She then became Dean of Academic Programs in 2004.
Saint Mary is a private Catholic college that has only women and the undergraduate level and coed at the graduate level.
“I believe that the College of St. Mary is a good match with my skills and knowledge in that they have strong programs in the Health Sciences, Business and Education with additional programs and a foundation in the Liberal Arts,” Pharr said. “This move brings me within a few hours of my parents home and much closer to my daughters who live in the eastern U.S.”
Pharr was born and raised in Madison, S.D. She graduated from Mount Marty College in Yankton, S.D. with degrees in biology and chemistry in 1979. She earned her Master’s Degree in Analytical Chemistry from the University of South Dakota in 1989 and then received her Ph.D. from the University of Idaho in 1996.
Upon graduating from Mount Mary College, Pharr worked as a forensic chemist with the Nebraska State Health Laboratory and then as a chemical scientist with the Brunswick Corp. in Lincoln, Neb.
“I'm really quite excited to have this opportunity for advancement in my academic career but at the same time I will miss everyone at LCSC very much,” Pharr said. I'm appreciative of the experience I have gained in academic administration here at LCSC and the support that the Provost and the President have given me in seeking this position.”
LCSC administrators say plans are under way to begin a search for Pharr’s replacement.