WC’s provost and dean takes new job
CHESTERTOWN — Emily Chamlee-Wright is leaving as provost and dean of Washington College, positions she has held since 2012.
The college announced Friday in a news release that Chamlee-Wright will return to her alma mater in Virginia next month as the president and CEO of the nonprofit Institute for Humane Studies on the George Mason University campus.
The college will conduct a national search for her replacement.
In the meantime, Associate Provost Patrice DiQuinzio will serve as interim provost and Andrea Lange, assistant dean for academic initiatives and advisor for the pre-law program, will step in as associate provost.
Chamlee-Wright earned a Bachelor of Arts, a Master of Arts and a Ph.D. in economics from George Ma- son. Her connection to the IHS includes direct experience as a summer seminar participant, teaching in its undergraduate seminars and mentoring of graduate students in the IHS network, according to the news release.
“Among the things that I find most inviting about this opportunity is IHS’ core value of curiosity. IHS is an organization dedicated to the life of the mind, valuing learning and growth, no matter its source,” ChamleeWright said in the news release.
The Institute for Humane Studies was founded in 1961 by Floyd Arthur “Baldy” Harper, a former economics professor at Cornell University.
Based for many years in Menlo Park, Calif., the IHS moved to Fairfax, Va. in 1985 and affiliated with George Mason University.
“Th is core value of intellectual curiosity, and its necessar y companions, humility and respect, are part of the DNA of Washington College,” Chamlee-Wright said in the news release.
“I am deeply grateful to have worked with our extraordinary faculty and staff who perform small miracles of transformation with our students every day. I am also grateful for the opportunity to work with and learn from President (Sheila) Bair, whose vision is to ensure that these transformational miracles are within every student’s financial reach,” she added.
During her four years in Chestertown, ChamleeWright was a chief architect of the college’s Strategic Plan, which was adopted in 2014. She also guided the college through a successful reaccreditation process with the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
In a prepared statement, Bair said: “Few people on Washington College’s campus are as valued and respected as Emily Chamlee-Wright, whose energy, enthusiasm and commitment to this institution have been evident in every element of her work here. While we will miss her, we congratulate her on this wonderful opportunity that will allow her to share her leadership, expertise and passion for the emancipating power of education with the rest of the country.”