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College of Arts and Humanities Dean Stacey Robertson Named Provost at SUNY-Geneseo


Stacey M. Robertson, who has served as dean of the College of Arts and Humanities since February 2015, has accepted the post of provost and vice president for academic affairs at State University of New York at Geneseo. Robertson will assume her new position on June 29, 2017.

“We’re sorry to see Dr. Robertson leave us but happy that she’s been given this wonderful opportunity,” said Central Washington University President James L. Gaudino.

In her new role, Robertson will oversee 18 departments and two schools as well as other academic affairs administrators. SUNY-Geneseo is a public, liberal arts college located in the Finger Lakes region of New York. The campus has an undergraduate enrollment of 5,583 students.

“It was an opportunity I could not resist,” Robertson said. “Geneseo is a terrific, public liberal arts university with superb faculty and staff, outstanding and engaged students, and a strong commitment to diversity and social justice.”

Robertson earned her B.A. from Whittier College and her MA and PhD in history from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Prior to coming to Central, she served as director of Women’s Studies and the Oglesby Professor of American Heritage at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois, where she taught from 1994-2014.

She is the author of four books, including Betsy Mix Cowles: Champion of Equality (Westview Press, 2014) and Hearts Beating for Liberty: Women Abolitionists in the Old Northwest (University of North Carolina Press, 2010). Robertson is also the co-director of the national non-profit, Historians Against Slavery, and co-edits the book series, Perspectives on Early America, with a London-based publisher.

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—March 21, 2017