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Sylvia Spears Appointed Acting Dean of the College

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Sylvia SpearsSylvia Spears (Photo by Joseph Mehling ’69)

Sylvia Spears has been appointed Dartmouth’s acting dean of the College, a position she will serve in for two years. Provost Barry Scherr announced the appointment in August. Spears succeeds Thomas Crady, who resigned from the post to pursue other opportunities.

Spears joined Dartmouth as director of the Office of Pluralism and Leadership/associate dean of student life in July 2007. She subsequently also served as acting senior associate dean of the College during part of the last academic year, with responsibility for guiding academic support programs and outreach to faculty.

“I am honored to serve as acting dean of the College,” says Spears. “I appreciate the confidence that President Kim and Provost Scherr have in my ability to lead the Dean of the College division over the next two years, and I look forward to working with my colleagues.”

Spears has more than 15 years of experience working in higher education at both public and private institutions, more than 12 years of combined experience in student affairs in direct practice and in the preparation of student affairs pre-professionals, and 10 years of experience in supervisory leadership roles managing complex administrative and financial functions.

An area in which Spears has particularly strong expertise is student development, with emphasis on factors that contribute to the success of students. She also has extensive experience in the development of culturally competent practices in organizational and educational settings.

Spears received a PhD in education, an MS in human development and family studies, and a BA in speech communications, all from the University of Rhode Island (URI). Before coming to Dartmouth, she held a faculty position in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at URI, where she taught courses in counseling, research methods, higher education law, and cultural competence. Her background prior to teaching includes work in university settings in affirmative action/equal opportunity and multicultural student services.

By LATARSHA GATLIN

Last Updated: 1/11/10