The University of West Alabama has named a new dean of the College of Liberal Arts and professor of history.
Dr. Michael Cooke comes to UWA from Western Illinois University, where he was chair of the African-American Studies department.
Provost David Taylor said Cooke's leadership style make him an excellent fit for UWA.
Cooke specializes in African-American history and American medical and social history. The author and researcher earned his doctorate at the University of Maryland.