Champlain College names three interim deans
Champlain College will welcome three interim deans this summer to its divisions of Education and Human Studies (EHS), Information Technology and Sciences (ITS), and Communication and Creative Media (CCM). The interim deans will lead the three divisions while the College seeks permanent replacements for the positions, according to Champlain College Provost and Chief Academic Officer Robin Abramson.
"These interim deans bring with them a wealth of knowledge and experience in their fields," said Abramson, adding, "These experienced educators will provide leadership in their respective academics units during this period of transition," she said.
The Champlain College interim deans are:
- James Garofalo, who will lead EHS, spent 25 years as the Dean of the School of Education at Aquinas College in Michigan. He was the founding Academic Vice President of American University in Nigeria, where he served in the Peace Corp as a young man. Most recently, Garofalo served as interim Dean of the School of Education at SUNY-Geneseo.
- Robert Marino, who will lead ITS, retired after eight years as the President of the American University of Rome and was on the faculty and served as acting Dean at Hunter College, City University of New York for 32 years. Most recently Marino served as interim Dean of the College of Natural Sciences and Human and Health Sciences at California State University, Stanislaus.
- William Richardson, who will lead CCM, retired as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Antioch University, Santa Barbara, California. He was Dean of the College of Humanities and Fine Arts at Coastal Carolina University, South Carolina, for four years and was on the faculty and worked as Director of the Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences Program at the University of Washington, Tacoma for 16 years.
This spring, longtime Champlain College EHS Dean Sue Rowley retired after 22 years at Champlain; former ITS Dean Ali Rafieymehr was named Dean at the University of New Hampshire at Manchester; and former CCM Dean Jeff Rutenbeck was named Dean at American University's School of Communication in Washington, D.C.
About Champlain College: Since 1878, Champlain College has provided career-focused education to students from its hilltop campus in Burlington, Vt. Champlain's distinctive educational approach embodies the notion that true learning only occurs when information and experience come together to create knowledge. Champlain offers traditional undergraduate and online undergraduate courses, along with online certificate and degree programs and eight master's degree programs. Champlain offers study abroad programs at its campuses in Montreal, Quebec and Dublin, Ireland. Champlain College is included in the Princeton Review's "The Best 376 Colleges: 2012 Edition." Champlain was named a "Top-Up-and-Coming School" by U.S. News & World Report's America's Best Colleges and is ranked in the top tier of 2012 Regional Colleges in the North. For more information, visit www.champlain.edu