CHS History 


  • Program founded at Florida Female College


  • Department of Home Economics designated the School of Home Economics


  • Margaret Sandels appointed first Dean


  • First Master of Science in Home Economics offered


  • The Ph.D. program in home economics authorized by Board of Control


  • The Interdivisional Ph.D. Program in Marriage and Family established


  • The School of Home Economics moved into the new Sandels Building


  • Hortense Glenn appointed second Dean


  • The School of Home Economics organized into four departments


  • Margaret Sitton appointed third Dean


  • Accreditation by the American Home Economics Association secured


  • The School of Home Economics designated the College of Home Economics


  • The College celebrated its Diamond Jubilee


  • Mack and Effie Campbell Tyner Eminent Scholar Chair established


  • Dr. Konrad Bloch, Nobel Laureate, named first Tyner Eminent Scholar


  • The College of Home Economics renamed the College of Human Sciences
  • Graduate program in Movement Science transferred from College of Education to College of Human Sciences


  • Penny Ralston appointed fourth Dean


  • Family Institute established


  • Lectra Systems Computer-Aided Design Laboratory established
  • $7.9 Million raised in College's first Capital Campaign


  • Sandels Building renovated and Rededication Ceremony held


  • Living Learning Center at Reynolds Hall established
  • Frank Fincham becomes Director of FSU Family Institute


  • College celebrates its Centennial


  • Billie J. Collier appointed fifth Dean
  • Center for Retail Merchandising and Product Development established
  • Center for Better Health and Life for Underserved Populations established


  • Center for Advancing Exercise and Nutrition Research on Aging established
  • Athletic Training Education Program receives 10-year accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education


  • Institute of Sports Science and Medicine established


  • Michael Delp appointed as the sixth Dean

The College's Deans

Margaret Sandels, Ph.D.

1922 - 1958
Margaret Sandels became the first Dean of the School of Home Economics in 1922.  In 1956, the School of Home Economics moved into the newly constructed Sandels Building, appropriately named after the School's first dean.

Hortense Glenn, Ph.D.

1959 - 1972
Hortense Glenn was appointed the second Dean of the School of Home Economics in 1958.  While acting as dean, Glenn worked hard to build a faculty with a national reputation, excellent teaching skills and collegiality.

Margaret A. Sitton, Ph.D.

1972 - 1992
By 1972, the School of Home Economics welcomed its third dean to its legacy, Dean Margaret A. Sitton. Dean Sitton is responsible for the transition from the School of Home Economics to Human Sciences.

Penny A. Ralston, Ph.D.

1992 - 2006
Penny A. Ralston became the College of Human Sciences' fourth dean in 1992. During her fourteen-year tenure, Dean Ralston helped set the stage for the growth of the college with innovative research and academic programs.

Billie J. Collier, Ph.D.

2006 - 2014
Dr. Billie Collier became the Dean of the College of Human Sciences and Professor of Textiles and Consumer Sciences in 2006. Before coming to FSU, she was Associate Vice Chancellor for Research Compliance and Director of the Textiles and Nonwovens Development Center (TANDEC) at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Prior to that she was a professor and Director of the School of Human Ecology at Louisiana State University, and served a term as President of the Faculty Senate.

Michael D. Delp, Ph.D.

2014 - present
Dr. Michael Delp is the current Dean of the College of Human Sciences. Prior to coming to Florida State University, Delp was a Professor and Chair of the Department of Applied Physiology and Kinesiology at the University of Florida, a Professor and Vice Chair in the Division of Exercise Physiology at the West Virginia University School of Medicine, and a faculty member in the Department of Health and Kinesiology at Texas A&M University. Delp also served as the Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow at the University of Konstanz in Konstanz, Germany, and was a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Biomedical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, at the University of Missouri.