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Willamette Community Says Farewell to College of Liberal Arts Dean

Carol Long, dean of the College of Liberal Arts, is leaving Willamette University after 37 years of teaching, leadership and service. She will become provost and vice president for academic affairs at the State University of New York-Geneseo, effective July 1.

“Carol’s dedication to Willamette faculty and students has truly been a gift to this community, and the benefits of her many positive contributions and achievements will be realized long after her departure,” President M. Lee Pelton said.

Long joined Willamette’s English faculty in 1972. She served as interim dean for two years before accepting the deanship in 2004.

In 1995 Long established the Oregon Writing Project in partnership with surrounding K–12 schools and colleges. During her time as dean, she served as a liaison to Tokyo International University, helped lead the transition of the first-year student seminar from World Views to College Colloquium, oversaw a significant expansion in the number of faculty and the creation of Centers of Excellence dedicated to academic research and scholarship, and helped develop plans for Ford Hall, an academic building opening this fall that is dedicated to technology integration and the mixing of disciplines not routinely found under one roof.

Her leadership roles prior to being dean included chair of the Accreditation Steering Committee, associate dean, English department chair, Faculty Council, Academic Council and faculty representative to the Board of Trustees Executive Committee.

Alumni are invited to join the Willamette community for a celebration of Carol's service.

Friday, May 8
4-5:30 p.m. (special presentation at 4:30 p.m.)
Alumni Lounge, University Center
Hors d'oeuvres & beverages will be served. 

Please RSVP to Kim Burris at kburris@willamette.edu.