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Cecilia Conrad Named VP and Dean of Pomona College

Cecilia Conrad, Dean of the College

Cecilia Conrad has been appointed Vice President and Dean of the College of Pomona College, effective July 1, 2009. Currently on leave from the Pomona College faculty to serve a two-year term as Vice President and Dean of Faculty at Scripps College, Conrad has been a member of the Pomona College faculty since 1995 and is the Stedman-Sumner Professor of Economics.

As Pomona’s Dean of the College, Conrad will be the chief academic officer of the College responsible for the academic program and a member of the College’s Executive Staff. The Dean works closely with the President, the Faculty Personnel Committee, the Faculty Position Advisory Committee, the Curriculum Committee, and the departments on faculty personnel matters and issues affecting the curriculum. The Dean is also responsible for general oversight of the College in the President’s absence, among other duties.

In making the announcement, Pomona College President David Oxtoby noted that, “Cecilia brings to this office a wonderful combination of experience as dean, great success as a professor and researcher, and a deep understanding of Pomona and its people. She also has extensive knowledge of the issues facing higher education today. As we move forward with our strategic plan, I expect her skills, experience and vision to play a key role in Pomona’s continued success.”

As Scripps’ Dean of the Faculty since 2007, Conrad has served as their chief academic officer and overseen several areas of general college operations. As dean, she has played a leadership role in a major review of the College’s Core Curriculum in the Interdisciplinary Humanities, the strategic planning for a center for research on women and women’s leadership, the adoption of a new Family and Medical Leave Policy, the recruitment of a diverse group of faculty and the identification of academic funding priorities.

As a Pomona College professor of economics, Conrad’s teaching skills have been recognized with a 2002 Wig Distinguished Professorship Award and, that same year, the title of California Professor of the Year, awarded by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.

From 2004-07, Conrad served as associate dean of academic affairs, with responsibility for faculty mentoring, managing internal grant funds, assisting faculty with external grants and representing faculty interests during the planning and building of three new academic buildings.

Conrad’s primary research focus has been on the impact of race and gender on economic status in the United States and urban economics. She is the editor or co-editor of four volumes, including African Americans in the U.S. Economy (2005), which was selected a Choice Magazine Outstanding Academic Title award), and the author of dozens of book chapters and scholarly articles.

Active in several professional associations, Conrad served as president of the International Association of Feminist Economics in 2007 and has been a member of the Macarthur Research Network on Family and the Economy since 2000. From 1998 through 2005, she was the director of the American Economic Association Pipeline Project. She has been on the Board of Economists for Black Enterprise Magazine since 1993.

Gary Kates, Pomona’s current vice president and dean of the college, announced his intention to resign as dean in January, after eight years in the position. A professor of history, he intends to return to the classroom full-time following a year-long sabbatical.

Pomona College is one of the nation’s premier liberal arts institutions, offering a comprehensive program in the arts, humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. Its hallmarks include small classes, close relationships between students and faculty, and a range of opportunities for student research. Pomona is the founding member of The Claremont Colleges, a unique consortium of five undergraduate and two graduate institutions.