April 7, 2011
Andy Newcomb

From the Dean

Dear Friends,

The anticipation is over. After conducting a national search, the University of Richmond named Dr. Kathleen Skerrett the next dean of the School of Arts & Sciences. You can read all about Dr. Skerrett in the press release and Q&A that the University recently released but to save you a few clicks, I’ll summarize.

Dr. Skerrett comes to UR from Grinnell College where she was a professor of religious studies and an associate dean. She previously taught at McGill University and received her Ph.D. in theology and the modern west from Harvard University. She also has a law degree from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Her research has been incredibly interdisciplinary: Christian tradition, contemporary religious thought and gender studies, and political theory. At Grinnell, she’s made implementing innovative academic programs that get results the norm. Frankly, I’m excited to see what the next few years will bring for the School of Arts & Sciences.

Before you get too excited about Dr. Skerrett, remember—you’ve still got a few more months of receiving your monthly updates from an outgoing dean! It’s March, so when I’m not glued to my television watching the NCAA Tournament, I’ve got a full docket. There’s a lecture nearly every night of the week (if you’re close by, check calendar.richmond.edu to find one you’re interested in) and we’re just weeks away from Honors Convocation on April 13 and the Student Symposium on April 15. And don’t forget to mark your calendars for Reunion Weekend—biology professor John Hayden is giving an alumni college session on gardening, which should be a delight.

As always, stay in touch.





Andrew Newcomb
Dean, School of Arts & Sciences

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