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Randolph Announces New Chief Academic Officer

Dennis Stevens brings wealth of experience as Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the College

5/23/2008 9:30:01 AM


Dennis Stevens

LYNCHBURG — Randolph College announced Friday the appointment of Dennis Stevens as the new Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the College.

Stevens, the current Dean of the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Findlay in Ohio, will replace William Coulter, who is returning to full-time teaching after serving five years as Dean of the College.

Stevens’ appointment results from a six-month competitive national search led by a College committee with representatives from faculty, staff, students and the Board of Trustees.

"I am grateful for the opportunity to join the remarkable community at Randolph College,” Stevens said. “It was exciting for me to meet many of the faculty and staff during my earlier visit, and I am looking forward to working with them to support the fine academic programs at Randolph and to find new ways to build for a strong future. I am especially honored to be able to come to a college known for its powerful commitment to the liberal arts, which I have loved since I was an undergraduate."

Stevens’ background includes rich experience in the higher education field, as both a teacher and an administrative leader. In addition to his current post, Stevens has served as vice president of academic affairs and provost as well as associate dean of arts and sciences at Lake Erie College in Ohio.

“I am very pleased that Dennis Stevens has agreed to join the Randolph College community as our new chief academic officer,” said John E. Klein, president. “Dennis has strong leadership experience as a dean and a provost elsewhere, including at a former women's college, which will hold him in good stead in our transition to coeducation. He believes in the importance of the liberal arts and sciences, listens to the views of others, and is willing to tackle tough issues. I look forward to working together with Dennis.”

Stevens received his undergraduate degree from Kenyon College and his Ph.D in political science from Boston College. He has remained active in the classroom and the campus community, teaching courses in his specialty and building relationships with students.

“Dr. Stevens comes to us not only with excellent administrative experiences and a clear understanding of what a strong liberal arts education provides for our students, but also with his line of scholarship that addresses issues of peace in the Middle East,” said Beth Schwartz, a psychology professor and head of the search committee. “This is a wonderful addition to the College’s global initiatives.”

For Stevens, this new opportunity will allow him to stay true to his love of liberal arts education by becoming part of the strong leadership team at a highly competitive academically-focused college.

“The mission statement at Randolph College is, I believe, a clear, principled explanation of exactly what a college should strive for in our contemporary world,” Stevens said. “We need to prepare students to be ethical, global citizens, and a strong liberal arts foundation, such as that provided at Randolph College, is fundamental to this task.”

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CONTACT: Brenda Edson, Director of College Relations