William C. "Curt" Lowe is Dean of Ashford University's College of Liberal Arts and Professor of History. He came to the institution in 1980 and served as a full-time faculty member, chair of the Social Science Division, and Academic Dean before assuming his present position. He served as self-study coordinator for the 1995 and 2006 comprehensive accreditation visits. He has taught a variety of history courses at Ashford, as well as interdisciplinary courses on the Civil War in American Culture and, with Dr. Gary Heath, Race Relations in America. A native of Savannah, Georgia, Lowe taught at Auburn University, Marshall University, and Black Hawk College before joining Ashford University. He earned an Artium Baccalaureatus (AB) degree from the College of William and Mary and Master of Arts and PhD degrees from Emory University. He has published articles on British and American history in a number of scholarly journals and authored more than a hundred articles for reference works, including "The New Oxford Dictionary of National Biography." He is also the author of "Blessings of Liberty: Safeguarding Civil Rights," a book for middle-school students. In 2006-07, he received a research grant from the State Historical Society of Iowa, and spent a sabbatical semester researching Civil War commemoration in the state. He is married to Flora Lowe, Ashford's Library Director. Watching Ashford sports teams is a favorite pastime.