WC’s provost and dean takes new job

Kent County News - - OPINION -

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.”


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