|March 3, 2004|
Leavitt is named dean of students
Steve Leavitt, professor of anthropology and interim dean of students since September, has been named as the new dean of students, it was announced Wednesday (March 3) by Union President Roger Hull.
"Having served very well in the capacity of interim dean for the past eight months, Steve was the clear choice of the search committee and me," Hull said in a campus email.
"Not only will Steve bring an unusual academic perspective to the position, but he will also be able to view things in a way that most people in the position cannot. I believe that both of these attributes are of tremendous import at this point in Union's history."
Leavitt and his wife, Karen Brison, joined the College's anthropology department a decade ago. Together, they served as co-directors of the Union Scholars Program. They also led several term abroad programs to Fiji.
"I want to use this year as a time for all of us to assess the good and not-so-good about student life here outside of academics," Leavitt said in a letter introducing himself to students at the beginning of the year. "This includes housing, social life, psychological and social services, and, yes, parking."
Leavitt earned his bachelor's degree from Swarthmore College. He went on to earn his Ph.D. at the University of California at San Diego. He has written on religious movements, family relations, sexuality, adolescence, and responses to bereavement. He previously taught at Washington University in St. Louis. Leavitt and Brison live in Schenectady with their son, Jeffrey.
Hull also thanked members of the search committee:
Prof. Julius Barbanel, chair; Prof. Zoe Oxley; Christina Sorum, dean of faculty; Cheryl Rockwood, head trainer and director of student athletic programming; Jon Jackson '04; Daniel Taft '06; Matt Milless, director of student activities; and Gretchel Tyson, director of affirmative action.