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Newton Named Academic VP, Provost

Carolyn R. Newton has been named Academic Vice President and Provost at Berea College.

Carolyn Newton

As Berea's chief academic officer, Dr. Newton will have responsibility for leading, planning, coordinating, and evaluating the educational and academic support programs of the college, and, in the absence of the president, serve as the college's senior officer. Dr. Newton also will collaborate with the Dean of the Faculty in the recruitment, hiring, and professional development of the faculty. Dr. Newton, whose appointment becomes effective August 2005, succeeds Dr. David B. Porter.

Dr. Newton comes to Berea from a twenty-six-year career at Kalamazoo College in Michigan. As a Cell and Molecular Biologist, Dr. Newton’s courses there included innovative uses of student journal clubs and service-learning components. Dr. Newton’s research has focused on the immune system of sharks and her more than two dozen research presentations and publications have often included undergraduate student researchers.

At Kalamazoo College, Newton served as Chair of the Biology Department from 1990-94 and was the Associate Provost from 1998 to the present. In her role as the Associate Provost, Dr. Newton led Kalamazoo’s strategic planning process, developed and implemented a new faculty orientation program, and served as the primary author of successful grant proposals that resulted in nearly two million dollars for innovative science education and research. As an American Council on Education Fellow at Gettysburg College during the 2001-02 academic year, Newton brings an informed understanding of the major challenges facing higher education in America today.

Dr. Newton’s undergraduate degree in the Biological Sciences is from Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado, where she graduated in 1973 with Highest Distinction. She holds a Ph.D. in Biophysical Sciences from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

“As Berea College nears its 150th year, those of us who work and learn here remain committed to its historic mission of learning, labor, and service,” said Dr. Larry D. Shinn, president of the college.

“Because of the unique and distinctive roles which work experience and service play in all students’ development at the College, a central responsibility of the Provost is to integrate the learning, labor, and service arenas across the entire College. In her role as Academic Vice President and Provost, Dr Newton will help Berea extend into the twenty-first century the college’s commitment of educating servant-leaders for Appalachia and beyond.”

Dr. Newton and her husband, Gary, have a daughter, Melanie, who graduated from Colby College in 2003 and a son, Jeremy, who is just finishing his sophomore year at Amherst College.

In addition to serving a four-year term as Academic Vice President and Provost, Dr. Porter, a psychologist whose scholarship has focused on adolescent and adult learning, has taught in the College’s Psychology Department. Following Dr. Newton’s appointment, Porter will take a position as a senior scholar with the American Association for Higher Education during the 2005-06 academic year, and then plans to return to the Berea faculty in the fall of 2006 as a full-time teaching member of the Psychology Department.

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