Provost Christian begins work as campus’s academic leader

August 17, 2009
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Provost Donald Christian arrived at the college on Aug. 1.

Provost Donald Christian arrived at the college on Aug. 1.

Provost Donald Christian is on the path to discovering what makes New Paltz unique.

“I’m really excited to be here and looking forward to helping lead the wonderful academic programs we have here at the college,” he said.

The new provost and vice president for academic affairs arrived on campus on Aug. 1.

In his first few weeks, Christian has met with College President Steven Poskanzer and the campus’s academic deans. Christian has frequently met with his predecessor, David Lavallee, who he described as generous in sharing his insights about the college.. He said the entire campus community has ensured his transition to New Paltz has been seamless.

“The people here have been wonderfully helpful and welcoming and that makes a big difference,” he said.

Christian arrived from Wisconsin – where he was dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire – in early July. He said he has gotten to know his new Hudson Valley home by hiking local trails.

He added that he plans on applying that approach to getting to know the campus community. Once the fall semester gets started, Christian said he will go on “walkabouts” and get to know his surroundings even more.

In addition to getting to know how the campus works, Christian is also looking ahead to building on the academic programs, including developing more opportunities for students to collaborate with faculty on research projects.

Most of all, he is looking forward to having students on campus and will address the Class of 2013 at Fall Convocation this week.

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