During David Sweet's 12 years as dean of Braniff Graduate School, Braniff has grown in size and reputation, having awarded its 200th doctorate to Elizabeth Reyes last December. Sweet, who is stepping down as dean this summer, was honored for his years of service during a reception yesterday afternoon in the President's Office.
"I feel like Dante in the "Purgatorio" when he looks over his shoulder and sees that Virgil has left him," said President Thomas W. Keefe. ""Thank you, David, for all of your hard work and leadership over the years."
Faculty, staff and friends, including Larry and Claudia Allums of the Dallas Institute for Humanities and Culture, crowded the office to toast Sweet, who received a thank-you gift of a pocket watch and a bottle of gin.
Sweet will step down from Braniff's top spot this summer to chair the Classics Department and teach full time. He plans to teach Greek Prose Composition this fall and work on publishing some articles.
Joshua Parens, professor of philosophy and graduate program director, will assume the dean position this summer. Parens, a noted medieval Jewish and Islamic scholar, has taught at UD for 16 years. His most recent book, "Maimonides and Spinoza: Their Conflicting Views of Human Nature," was published by the University of Chicago Press in 2012.