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Dickinson College names new president

By , - Last modified: October 29, 2012 at 9:06 AM

After an eight-month international search, Dickinson College on Sunday selected Nancy Roseman, a former dean at Williams College, to be its next president.

Roseman will be the 28th president in the 229-year history of the Cumberland County college — the first woman named to the post. She was one of more than 200 candidates, according to Dickinson.

She will succeed William Durden, who will retire June 30 after 14 years at the helm.

Roseman served as dean at Williams for seven years and assistant to the president for special projects. Most recently she was the director of the Williams-Exeter Programme at Oxford University. She began her stint at Williams in 1991 as a biology professor.

As dean, Roseman reported to the president as a member of senior staff and served on a number of governance committees. Her accomplishments include a new residential-life program along with the establishment of a new department of Campus and Residential Life; successfully chairing the Student Center Building Committee, including involvement with every aspect of the project from selecting architects, fundraising and opening in 2007; and the creation of an Academic Resource Center, now housed in the new student center.

She was involved with significant renovations to residence halls and Williams’ strategic plan, which led to improvements to academic requirements and increased offerings of tutorials and interdisciplinary teaching.

“It’s always rewarding and energizing to work for an institution whose goals align with your passions,” Roseman said. “Dickinson’s focus on global education, sustainability studies and shaping engaged citizen leaders through the useful liberal arts resonates strongly with me, as these are ideals I’ve pursued and upheld throughout my career. I look forward to guiding the college through this next chapter as we capitalize on the impressive accomplishments of the last decade and push forward to take Dickinson to the next level.”

Roseman received her bachelor of arts from Smith College in 1980 and her doctorate in microbiology from Oregon State University in 1987, where she also was a postdoctoral fellow in the department of biochemistry and biophysics.


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