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NewsMarlboro College Announces New Dean of Faculty

Marlboro, VT--Marlboro College has selected Professor of Art History Felicity Ratté to be its new dean of faculty. The dean of faculty serves as Marlboro’s chief academic officer, and oversees the curriculum, academic policy, faculty hiring and review and student academic standing. Ratté, is also the director of world studies at the college, will start the position on July 1.

Ratté plans to begin her tenure by meeting with each faculty member. “I see the position as the advocate of the faculty, someone who encourages and promotes what the faculty does,” she explains. “I will develop my work out of that consciousness about faculty priorities.”

“Felicity has tremendous amount of energy and a thoughtful approach to issues facing the college,” says James Tober, current dean of faculty.

Drawn by its emphasis on academic freedom and openness to the continual exploration of new areas, Ratté has taught art history at Marlboro for eight years, and has served as director of the World Studies Program for two years. Her scholarly work focuses on the painting and architecture of medieval Italy. She has a book on the subject forthcoming from McFarland.

While at Marlboro, she has had the chance to develop her interest in India (she was 6 years old for when she visited for the first time) into a second area of academic study in south Asian art history, for which she has recently visited South Korea and Cambodia.

Tober, who has served as dean of faculty since 2003, also held the position from 1989-1994. During his latest term as dean he was named acting co-president in the months immediately preceding the arrival of current president Ellen McCulloch-Lovell. “I greatly value Jim's good judgment, excellent analytic abilities, decency and true kindness,” says McCulloch-Lovell. “He has contributed so much to Marlboro and I learned a lot from him during my first year.”

Tober, an economics and environmental policy professor, says he is “looking forward to teaching, working with students, preparing new courses and pursuing scholarly work.” Ratté is looking ahead to her new responsibilities. “I believe deeply in the Marlboro mission and I am eager to promote it,” she says.

Founded in 1946, Marlboro College offers undergraduate education in the liberal arts and, since 1997, graduate study focused on Internet technologies. Its 330 undergraduate students enjoy an 8:1 student-faculty ratio, a voice in governing the community and individualized courses of study on a 350-acre campus in the hills of southern Vermont. Marlboro is a Colleges That Change Lives college.

For more information contact Elena Sharnoff, Marlboro College Public Affairs Officer, at (802) 251-7644 or


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