Katherine A. Black, who has served as interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences since January 2014, became dean of the college effective November 1st. University President Walter Harrison announced Black’s appointment in an email to faculty and staff on Thursday morning (Oct. 23).
“Katherine’s performance as Interim Dean has earned strong support from her college’s faculty and staff, the Council of Deans, and other University colleagues,” President Harrison said. “She has served the University of Hartford in multiple administrative roles with distinction, and this appointment as dean reflects the confidence that Provost Sharon Vasquez and I have in her leadership abilities.”
On Monday, November 3, President Harrison and Provost Vasquez formally introduced Black to the campus in her new role as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. They asked Black to use that occasion to discuss the future of the College of Arts and Sciences and its role in the University’s key strategic directions. The program took place at 4 p.m. in Wilde Auditorium, and all faculty and staff were invited to attend.
“Sixteen years ago, I was drawn to the University of Hartford community—a community of learners who inspire and care about each other,” Black said. “I am honored to be a part of that community and to be named the next dean to lead the College of Arts and Sciences. I have had the great fortune of working with so many dedicated faculty, staff, students, and alumni who are committed to our mission, and I am excited to continue our work together.”
In outlining her vision for the College of Arts and Sciences, Black said that “We must continue to promote the value of a liberal arts education and to prepare our students with the critical thinking, problem solving, and communication skills they will need to be effective in the world. We must help our students delineate clear pathways to careers, and to instill in our students the values of integrity, responsibility, and lifelong learning that will serve as their guides. We must continue to support innovative teaching and scholarship, and to build upon the strong faculty-student relationships and one-on-one mentoring that make the University of Hartford so distinctive."
Black said that she is “looking forward to working with my colleagues within the College and throughout the University to challenge and support our students so that they may lead successful and satisfying professional and personal lives.”
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