Dr. Eric G. Tenbus will join Georgia College as dean of the College of Arts & Sciences effective June 1, 2018. Tenbus is a professor of history in his seventh year as department chair in the Department of History, Sociology, Anthropology and Cross-Disciplinary Studies at the University of Central Missouri. He has taught at the university since 2001. Tenbus will assume his new role after the retirement of current Dean Ken Procter.
“We are grateful for the work that Dean Procter has done over his nearly 10-year tenure at Georgia College,” said Dr. Kelli Brown, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs. “Dr. Tenbus brings with him a wealth of knowledge and leadership experience in academia. He is poised to lead the College of Arts & Sciences in our continued track toward preeminence.”
A scholar of nineteenth-century Britain, Tenbus has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in British and Irish, Middle Eastern, and Modern European history at Central Missouri. He regularly presents at British studies conferences on religious and education history and most recently has explored the history of beer, politics and nostalgia in Georgian England. Related to his scholarship, Tenbus currently serves as President of the Midwest Conference on British Studies, the largest regional conference of the North American Conference on British Studies (NACBS), and sits on the NACBS Executive Council.
He has also begun preliminary research on the growing challenges of dual or concurrent enrollment within undergraduate education, presenting on the subject at the American Historical Association national conference in 2016 and the national Academic Chairperson’s conference in 2017.
Tenbus published “English Catholics and the Education of the Poor, 1847-1902” in 2010 with Pickering & Chatto (now Routledge) Publishing in London. His research has also been published in the peer-reviewed “Journal of British Studies,” “History of Education Quarterly,” “Recusant History” and the “Journal of Brewery History.”
“I am honored to become part of the Georgia College tradition of excellence, to have an opportunity to continue the exemplary work of Dean Procter, work he has accomplished together with the students, faculty and staff of the College of Arts & Sciences,” said Tenbus. “Wonderful things are happening at Georgia College. The students I met during my campus visit enthusiastically described their learning experiences and opportunities in the most positive terms. That learning, those opportunities and that enthusiasm doesn't happen by accident. It happens as the direct result of a dedicated, knowledgeable and hard working team.”
Tenbus arrived at Central Missouri from Florida State University (FSU) in 2001, where he completed his Ph.D. in history. He also holds a Master of Arts in history and a Master of Arts in communications from FSU. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in professional writing from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Prior to entering higher education, Tenbus worked in public relations, marketing, and event management for the Los Angeles Dodgers, both at the major league and minor league levels.
An avid baseball and Dodgers fan who hails from Vero Beach, Florida, Tenbus also enjoys following college football and the English Premier League. He and his wife, Kristy, enjoy traveling, kayaking and antiquing. They have one son, Conor, who is a senior at the University of Richmond.
“My wife and I are eager to put down roots in Milledgeville. Recent Georgia weather notwithstanding, we are ready to trade in our snow shovels for kayaks,” said Tenbus.