Next Dean of the College Will Be a Tenured Faculty Member


Provost Carolyn Dever has announced organizational changes in the Dean of the College division aimed at enriching academic engagement and student support. The changes will put in place a tenured Dartmouth faculty member to serve as the next dean of the College and create a new position, the vice provost for student affairs. Both administrators will report to Dever.

Interim Dean of the College Inge-Lise Ameer has been named the inaugural vice provost for student affairs. (Photo by Eli Burakian ’00 )

Interim Dean of the College Inge-Lise Ameer has been named the inaugural vice provost for student affairs. (Photo by Eli Burakian ’00 )

Dever has named Interim Dean of the College Inge-Lise Ameer the inaugural vice provost for student affairs, and a search will begin this month for the next dean of the College. Ameer will start her new job on July 1. The search for the next dean will be led by Vice Provost for Academic Initiatives Denise Anthony. An appointment is expected before the beginning of fall term.

“Inge has been a highly visible and accessible leader known for working closely and effectively with students, faculty, and staff. I am grateful to Inge for her service as interim dean this academic year and I look forward to our continued collaboration,” says Dever.

She added that the changes are the result of “thinking about how to build Dartmouth’s academic excellence for tomorrow and, in particular, how to foster the integration of academic, social, residential, and co-curricular facets of the undergraduate experience.

“I’ve had the benefit of wide-ranging discussions with faculty, senior leadership, staff, alumni, and students. In his Moving Dartmouth Forward plan, President Hanlon shared many programs and policies to bolster this work, and I am confident that there is still more we can do to enrich support for all students and infuse academic engagement throughout campus,” Dever says.

Dever says the next dean will offer strategic and creative leadership in undergraduate academic life, diversity and inclusion in the undergraduate academic experience, strategic planning, and leadership of the new residential house system and house professors.

“The dean will build partnerships across departments, programs, and schools to help us find the best way to guide students in the pursuit of their educational goals. She or he will lead a process to help me think through planning and innovation in the areas of admissions and financial aid, ensuring that Dartmouth is well positioned to compete in a changing world. The dean will also convene initiatives to address diversity and inclusion in the undergraduate academic experience.”

In her new position, Ameer will provide leadership and vision for student life support services, overseeing the development, implementation, and assessment of all aspects of student affairs programs, policies, and practices. The vice provost will work closely with the new dean of the College, faculty, students, and staff to help students navigate Dartmouth’s diverse academic and social options.

Ameer has more than 20 years of experience in higher education, including serving as the senior associate dean at Dartmouth. A graduate of Beloit College, she earned her master’s and doctoral degrees from Harvard University. She has supervised a range of Dartmouth’s student affairs direct-service functions and guided the implementation of initiatives to strengthen student support services, including Moving Dartmouth Forward.

“We are fortunate to have gifted faculty partners and talented and caring student affairs professionals who share a goal of helping students achieve and exceed their ambitions. Together, the dean of the college and vice provost for student affairs will provide leadership to help us realize our vision of a more energized and robust academic and social life for all students,” Dever says.

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