The University of La Verne has appointed Gregory Dewey as Interim Provost after an extensive search.
Dewey was senior vice president of academic affairs at the Keck Graduate Institute at the Claremont Colleges and served for seven years as the Robert E. Finnigan Professor of Applied Life Sciences at Keck before taking the position as interim provost.
“I was interested in La Verne because I love the relationship between faculty and students,” Dewey said. “They put students first and they value community, I found that very attractive.”
After the previous embattled provost Alden Reimonenq resigned his position this summer, the University convened a committee to find his replacement.
Dewey, who accepted the two-year position last week, takes the helm Oct. 1.
“We chose Dewey because he has extensive teaching and administrative experience in the field and many of his qualities qualified him for the job,” said University President Stephen Morgan said. “He knew what our strengths were and he knew how to use them to our advantage.”
As interim provost, Dewey hopes to make his transition process smooth for all the deans, and he hopes to raise the University’s profile.
“The University is underappreciated,” he said. “If we can get the word out there about La Verne, people will see all the great things that make us who we are.”
During the summer, the academic deans worked directly with Morgan on the curriculum.
“It was intense but it was summer. If it would have been during the fall, we would have had a harder time,” Morgan said.
As well as putting University of La Verne on the map, Dewey hopes to get the University re-accredited with the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, or WASC, the organization that sanctions public and private colleges and universities in the United States.
“It is very important that the University get accredited. It would be yet another great accomplishment,” Dewey said. “I view my role as an enabler. I need to help faculty be successful, and I need to accomplish things in order to be successful.”
What Dewey would like from the University of La Verne community is a sense of belonging.
“I’d like to feel we are all going the same direction. I would like a collegial climate here, that allows us as a University to move forward and if ULV can do that for me, things will be great,” Dewey said.
Gale Longobardo, who will serve as executive assistant for Dewey, has nothing but good things to say about him. “He is a good listener and has been very flexible with his work schedule,” Longobardo said.
They will share an office due to construction.
“I enjoy working with him,” Longobardo said. “Sharing an office can be tough but he has been really kind, always wanting to meet everyone. He has been well received and we can only move forward.”
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