University of South Carolina

Fitzpatrick elected president of prestigious organization

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Dr. Mary Anne Fitzpatrick, dean of the University of South Carolina College of Arts and Sciences, has been elected president of the Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences (CCAS), the nation’s most influential association for academic leaders in the liberal arts and sciences.

Fitzpatrick will take office November 2012.

USC Provost Michael Amiridis said Fitzpatrick’s election is a testament to her national reputation as a leader in higher education and an opportunity to showcase the university’s tremendous progress in recent years.

“Mary Anne Fitzpatrick has earned the respect of her colleagues and peers at institutions around the country for being a fierce advocate for the arts and sciences, an astute administrator and a champion for her College and its constituents,” Amiridis said. “Her broad experience, dedication and enthusiasm have enriched our leadership team and broadened the college’s impact on our community, our state and our nation.”

Fitzpatrick, who has served as dean of USC’s largest college since 2005, said she was honored to have been chosen to lead the association, which represents 650 deans of arts and sciences and more than 1,000 associate and assistant deans.

“I am a strong advocate for the mission of the arts and sciences, and I am honored and humbled to have been chosen by my peers to serve as president of this organization,” Fitzpatrick said. “The arts and sciences are the cornerstone of education, and I am committed to advancing their cause at the national level.”

Fitzpatrick is the founding dean of USC’s College of Arts and Sciences, where she is Carolina Educational Foundation Distinguished Professor of Psychology. She joined USC in 2005 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she held several different posts, including the WARF Kellett Professorship. She also was deputy dean of the College of Letters and Science (2002-2004), with key responsibilities for research, outreach and advancement activities.

The college, established in January 2005, comprises the former College of Liberal Arts, College of Science and Mathematics, School of the Environment and the College of Criminal Justice. It serves over 13,000 students a year and has 700 faculty members.

CCAS is a national association of colleges and universities, whose purpose is to nurture and sustain the arts and sciences as the leading influence in American higher education. CCAS is the forum for the exchange of ideas and information among deans of arts and sciences and represents the liberal arts at a national policy-making level.

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Posted: 11/21/11 @ 9:40 AM | Updated: 11/21/11 @ 9:34 AM | Permalink