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November 8, 2002

Dean of the College Search Update

President Joanne V. Creighton has announced that Mount Holyoke is seeking nominations for and expressions of interest in the position of dean of the College. In a letter emailed to students Creighton noted, "We value your help in finding strong candidates for this important leadership role." Faculty and staff have also been asked for their assistance in the search process.

Members of the community are encouraged to send names of persons they believe would be good candidates for the position by November 13. Faculty are also being asked to consider the position for themselves and to submit a letter of interest along with an abbreviated curriculum vitae no later than December 2.

The review process is strictly confidential, and candidates will be interviewed by the Dean of the College Nominating Committee and the president. Serving on the committee are Elizabeth Braun, director of residential life; Fatoumata Gadjigo, administrative assistant in the international affairs office; Molly Gower '04; Amy Martin, assistant professor of English; Catharine Melhorn, Hammond-Douglass Professor of Music; Margaret Robinson, professor of mathematics; Robert Shilkret (chair), professor of psychology and education; Akua Soadwa '03; and Craig Woodard, associate professor of biological sciences. After receiving the committee's recommendations, the president will make the final selection. It is hoped that a dean will be selected by the end of the semester.

The dean of the College is responsible for the administration of educational policies and regulations, the oversight of academic advising and various student services, and the promotion and enhancement of curricular and cocurricular initiatives and linkages. Reporting to the president and serving on the senior staff, the dean is the chief student affairs officer of the College. Faculty legislation specifies that the deanship be filled by a tenured faculty member serving a three- to five-year administrative term. At the November faculty meeting, the Faculty Conference Committee presented for a first reading proposed changes in faculty legislation designed to strengthen the linkages of the dean of the College position to the academic side of the College and to lessen its administrative burdens.

Contact any member of the committee or the president should you have questions about the position. Please address email correspondence to Robert Shilkret at and written correspondence to Dean of the College Nominating Committee, Office of the President.

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