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New Leadership in Arts and Sciences

Early in her tenure, James B. Knapp Dean Katherine S. Newman got down to the business of building an outstanding leadership team. The work was necessary in part to fill positions left vacant by the departure of former dean of faculty David Bell (Gabrielle Spiegel had served on an interim basis during the spring semester), as well as the retirement in late August of dean of education Paula P. Burger. Meanwhile, Sarah Steinberg, who had been senior associate dean for graduate professional programs and technology integration, moved to a new role in the provost’s office.

At the same time, Newman saw the need for a restructuring of the administration to better serve the School of Arts and Sciences by “enhancing our capacity to develop interdisciplinary synergies and providing a one-stop shop of sorts for departments, which must simultaneously serve undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty,” she said in announcing the changes. The restructuring has resulted in the establishment and appointments of the following positions:

Vice Dean for Science and Research Infrastructure: Gregory F. Ball, professor of neuroscience and former dean of research and graduate education.

Vice Dean for Humanities, Social Sciences, and Graduate Programs: Kellee Tsai, professor of political science and former director of the East Asian studies program.

Vice Dean for Undergraduate Education: Steven David, professor of political science, former vice dean for centers and programs.
Vice Dean for Interdepart­mental Centers and Programs: Ben Vinson III, professor of history and former director of the Center for Africana Studies (Vinson is on sabbatical in the fall; his new role is effective officially in January).
Vice Dean for Graduate Professional Programs: Judith Babbitts, former academic dean at the International Honors Program, a comparative international education program based in Boston.