Jon Singletary

Jon Singletary

Baylor University named Jon Singletary dean of the Diana R. Garland School of Social Work on Thursday.

Singletary has served as the school’s interim dean since June 2015.

He succeeds Diana Garland, the school’s first dean, who died in September after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

Interim Provost Todd Still said he made the decision after “an extensive, painstaking national search.”

“A gifted teacher, insightful researcher and skilled administrator, he will lead the school of social work in ways that will both honor and extend the noble and notable legacy of Dr. Diana R. Garland,” Still said in a prepared statement. “Dean Singletary’s energy, creativity and ability will redound to the school’s and the university’s greater good.”

Still said he interviewed Singletary and consulted with President Ken Starr and incoming Executive Vice President and Provost L. Gregory Jones.

Singletary has served the school of social work as associate dean for graduate studies, associate dean for baccalaureate studies, director of the Baylor Center for Family and Community Ministries, professor and associate professor.

He also holds the Diana R. Garland Endowed Chair in Child and Family Studies.

“It is an honor to continue the legacy of our founding dean, namesake and my mentor, Diana Garland, while also partnering with our faculty in a new way as we prepare social workers to care for others in a hurting world,” Singletary said in a prepared statement. “We will continue to be known for our commitment to the ethical integration of faith and social work practice, and are already looking at new ways to incorporate the same sense of calling in our research efforts.”

Singletary earned his bachelor’s degree in speech communications from Baylor in 1993.

He went on to earn a master’s in divinity at Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond, in Virginia, and a master’s in social work and doctorate in philosophy at Virginia Commonwealth University.

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