Dickinson’s Board of Trustees has selected Nancy A. Roseman, former dean of Williams College and former director of the Williams-Exeter Programme at Oxford University, to be Dickinson’s 28th president. Roseman will officially become the college’s first female president on July 1, succeeding President William G. Durden ’71, who will retire June 30 after 14 years as president.
“It’s always rewarding and energizing to work for an institution whose goals align with your passions,” said Roseman. “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’s accomplishments at Williams include launching a new residential-life program; participating in the fundraising, architectural development and opening of the college’s new student center; creating an Academic Resource Center; and guiding significant renovations to residence halls. Accompanying Roseman to Carlisle will be her spouse Lori K. van Handel and their beloved dog, Archer, and two cats, Cholly and Lola.
“I would like to congratulate the college on selecting a president who can lead the college to yet another level of accomplishment,” said Durden, who plans to work with Roseman during the next eight months to ensure a smooth transition. “I look forward as an alumnus to seeing Dr. Roseman’s accomplishments advance the college in every way.”
The announcement of Dickinson’s 28th president came after an eight-month international search that netted a deep and diverse pool of more than 200 highly competitive candidates. The process was steered by a search committee comprising 17 alumni, faculty members, and students and chaired by Thomas Kalaris ’76, Board of Trustees vice chair.
“The college community can be proud that this search attracted so many exceptionally talented candidates,” said Jennifer Ward Reynolds ’77, Board of Trustees chair. “I’d like to thank Tom and all the members of the search committee for the fine work they did in attracting a candidate whose experience and values align so well with the goals we’ve outlined in the strategic plan.
Read the e-mail announcement to the Dickinson community.
Nancy Roseman's inauguration will occur during Homecoming and Family
Weekend, Sept. 27-29, 2013. Additional information will be available
later this spring.