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Notice to campus community

W&M Provost Peggy Agouris sent the following message to the campus community Aug. 14, 2019. - Ed.

Dear William & Mary community,

I write to share the news that Kate Conley, Dean of the Faculty of Arts & Sciences, has decided to step down from her position at the end of the 2019-20 academic year to more fully focus on teaching as professor of French and Francophone Studies.

Dean Conley came to William & Mary in 2012 and has held the joint position of dean of faculty and professor of French and Francophone Studies since that time. Prior to joining W&M, she served as associate dean of the faculty for the Arts & Humanities and Edward Tuck Professor of French and Comparative Literature at Dartmouth College. During her time at William & Mary, Dean Conley has been instrumental in guiding the development of the COLL general education curriculum, as well as the Center for the Liberal Arts (CLA).  She has overseen the creation of multiple new majors and programs including Japanese Studies, Geospatial Analysis, and Computational & Applied Mathematics, to mention only a few. In addition, she has served as a committed member of the Provost’s executive leadership team, contributing ideas that helped W&M recruit and retain a talented faculty, enhance undergraduate research initiatives, expand graduate student opportunities, streamline processes, and grow our endowment.

More information about Dean Conley and her impact to William & Mary is included in this university press release.

We will be conducting a national search for the next Dean of the Faculty of Arts & Sciences, and will share more details on that process in the coming weeks and months.

Although my time at William & Mary is just beginning, I want to thank Dean Conley for her considerable contributions to our university and wish her every success as she plans for this next chapter in her professional career.