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RG-D: Dean's Office Records 1969-
- 1969 - ? (Creation)
15.00 linear feet
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Papers and administrative materials documenting the work of the Office of the Dean. Some materials may be confidential and not available for research.
There has been a person serving in the capacity of Dean of the Faculty/College since 1944. The exact titles changed over the years and the duties varied, but essentially these persons served similar functions.
In the 1958 North Central Association report to the College, the Dean of the College was responsible for being the academic assistant to the President and the person to assume leadership in the absence of the President.
In 1968 the Dean was described as the person who cooperates with the President in the administration of the academic affairs of the College; who advises the President on academic and other matters; and who represents the President in his/her absence unless an Acting President had been appointed by the Trustees. The Dean also served as Chair of the Faculty Committee on Academic Standing, Chair of the Faculty committee on Admissions and Student Aid, and as a member of the Faculty Executive Council. (From the 1968 NCA report).
When the College was seeking a new Dean of the Faculty in 1980, the principal responsibilities of the Dean were to provide leadership in working with the President and the Faculty in areas of curriculum, faculty development, and maintenance of the quality of the academic profram. (From job description located in RG-F Series 3).
Following is a list of persons in this position with their exact titles, dates, and in parentheses, the name(s) of the president(s) under whom they served.
Earl D. Strong, Dean, 1944-1951 (Stevens)
Max Fuller, Dean of the College, 1951-1954 (Stevens)
R. Homer Norton, Acting Dean of the College, 1954-1956; Dean of the College, 1956-1960 (Hawk, Bowen)
James H. Stauss, Dean of the College, 1960-1966; Provost and Dean of the College, 1966-1969 (Bowen, Leggett)
Joseph F. Wall, Dean of the college, 1969-1973 (Leggett)
Waldo S. Walker, Executive Vice President and Dean of the College, 1973-1977; Provost and Dean of the College, 1977-1980 (Leggett, Turner)
Catherine Frazer, Dean of the Faculty, 1980-1987 (Turner, Drake)
Charles L. Duke, Dean of the Faculty, 1987-1988; Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty, 1988-1992; Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College, 1992-1997 (Drake, Ferguson)
James Swartz, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College, 1998-2008 (Ferguson, Osgood)
Paula V. Smith, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College, 2008-2013 (Osgood, Kington)
David Lopatto, Interim Dean of the College, 2013-2014 (Kington)
Michael E. Latham, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College, 2014-2019 (Kington)
Anne F. Harris, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College, 2019-2020 (Kington)
Elaine M. Marzluff, Interim Dean of the College, 2020- (Harris)
System of arrangement
Arranged in series by Dean.
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Conditions governing access
In general, materials in the Dean's Office Records collection are confidential for 40 years after the date of their creation. The archivist may determine some items non-sensitive or may obtain permission from the Dean's Office for a researcher to examine selected folders prior to the 40-year cutoff date.
Materials may be examined in the Special Collections & Archives reading room on the lower level of Burling Library. Many of the materials in this collection are stored in an offsite storage facility, and we ask you to place your requests to view materials at least 24 hours in advance to allow Special Collections staff to retrieve them.
Conditions governing reproduction
All permission concerning reproduction must come from the Dean's office.
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Staff of the Dean's office.
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- Cook, Shane Bellis (Class of 1956) (Subject)
- Eilert, Amy (Subject)
- Eldridge, Roger Lee (Subject)
- Haas, Dennis W. (Subject)
- Hietala, Heather Kenvin (Subject)
- Reed, Julius A. -- Correspondence (Subject)