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New Deans Named at Pomona College

Effective at the beginning of the 2007-2008 academic year, Pomona College named two new deans.

Cynthia R.D. Selassie, a professor of chemistry, was named Associate Dean of the College, with a primary focus on faculty research and sabbaticals. Her duties also include: working with several Pomona committees including Research, Sustainability and Building and Grounds; administering short-term faculty space issues; working on the renovation of the Seaver South building; construction of the physics playground; and supervising several department budgets.

A member of the Pomona faculty since 1980, Selassie has taught medicinal chemistry and organic chemistry. She has twice been awarded the Wig Distinguished Professorship Award for Excellence in Teaching. She has also published more than 50 articles, garnered numerous grants for her research in medicinal chemistry, and chaired her department for six years. A leader in faculty governance, Selassie served on the Presidential Search Committee in 2002-03 and currently sits on the Executive Committee. She is a magna cum laude graduate of Mount St. Mary's College and later earned a master's degree at Duke and a doctorate at USC.

Marcelle Christian Holmes was named Interim Associate Dean of Students and Dean of Women at Pomona, effective July 1, 2007. As Associate Dean of Students, she is the general academic advisor for students and serves as the College's coordinator for disability accommodations for students. As Dean of Women, she
supervises the Women's Union and coordinates the Women's Union Thursday Noon Discussion Series.

Holmes first came to Pomona College in 2001, as a jointly appointed assistant professor of Psychology and Black Studies. During her time at the College, Holmes was awarded an Irvine Distinguished Faculty Fellowship for Student Mentoring and served the college on a number of committees, including the Presidential Task Force for Health and Fitness in 2006 and the Women's Commission. A licensed psychologist in private practice, she served as a senior staff member at the Claremont Colleges Monsour Counseling and Psychological Services this past year. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate from Vassar College, she received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Michigan.

Pomona College, one of the nation’s premier liberal arts institutions, offers a comprehensive program in the arts, humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. Its hallmarks include small classes, close relationships with faculty, and a range of opportunities for student research.