News & Information

Edward Inch named dean of Arts and Letters


Edward S. Inch has been selected as dean of Sacramento State’s College of Arts and Letters. A professor in the Department of Communication and Theatre at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Wash., Inch succeeds Jeffrey D. Mason, who retired in December after five years in the post.

Inch was named chair of the Pacific Lutheran department in 1994 and dean of its School of Arts Communication in 2003. In 2006-07, he had a one-year placement as an American Council on Education fellow at Sacramento State, followed by a one-year appointment as provost at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio. He had returned to Pacific Lutheran as a professor when the Sac State job opened.

Coming back to Sacramento appealed to Inch for several reasons – he would be with a liberal arts college, and the job fits with his background in Arts and Communication; plus, he already has many connections on campus and within the community from his previous time here.

“The college is well positioned to define and focus on its future,” says Inch. “I am excited to be part of that process.”

In announcing the appointment, Sacramento State Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Joseph Sheley noted Inch’s term as an ACE fellow, saying the new dean distinguished himself at that time as an expert in the area of strategic planning and dispute resolution, and someone who is committed to shared governance, has considerable budget experience, and connects well with alumni.

“I believe we are fortunate to have him come aboard at this most critical time for our University,” says Sheley.

Sheley also thanked Professor Nancy Tooker for serving as interim dean of the college during the search, and he thanked the members of the Selection Advisory Committee for their work.

For more information about Sacramento State’s College of Arts and Letters, visit For media assistance, call Sacramento State’s Public Affairs office at (916) 278-6156.