Office of the Dean

Mario Chandler, Ph.D.

Interim Dean

Mario Chandler headshot

Dr. Mario A. Chandler, professor of Spanish, is serving as Interim Associate Provost and Interim Dean of the Hammack School of Business, effective March 2021. Dr. Chandler has been a member of the Oglethorpe community for nearly two decades, joining the faculty in 2001. He has served multiple terms as Chair of the Division of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, as a member of the Academic Program Committee and Faculty Council, and is currently the Spanish Program Coordinator. 

Dr. Chandler completed both his M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of Georgia and his B.A. from Iowa State University. His research interests explore the transatlantic ties that link the Iberian Peninsula with Latin America and Africa. His most recent book publication, “Gazing the Black Star: An African American Contemplates Ghana” (Hetura Books; Accra, 2016), is a personal exploration of identity through the African diaspora.

In March 2021, Oglethorpe named Dr. Stephen H. Craft as the next Dean of the Hammack School of Business, effective July 1, 2021. Read more.

Beth Concepción, Ph.D.

Assistant Provost, Strategic Engagement

Dr. Concepcion

Beth Concepción, Ph.D. serves as the Assistant Provost, with a focus on Strategic Engagement, and teaches in the Communication Studies department. She has more than 20 years of experience in higher education administration and nearly 30 years of experience in journalism and public relations.

Concepción earned a B.A. from Oglethorpe, a B.S. from Mississippi State University, an M.A. and M.F.A. from Savannah College of Art and Design, and a Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina.