Neal Lester has been appointed the dean of humanities at Arizona State University. Lester graduated from the University of West Georgia in 1981 with a degree in English.
Lester has been serving as the English department chair at ASU since 2004, and specializes in African-American literary and cultural studies. He has published on and taught courses in children's literature, drama, folklore, American cinematic images and interracial intimacies in American culture
In 2010 he came back to his alma mater to give a presentation titled, “Nappy Edges and Goldy Locks: African Americans and the Politics of Hair.”