By Provost Carl G. Amrhein –
Appointment of the Dean, Augustana Faculty and Executive Officer of Augustana Campus
It is my pleasure to announce that the Board of Governors has approved the appointment of Dr. Allen Berger as Dean, Augustana Faculty and Executive Officer of Augustana Campus, for a five-year term of office effective July 1, 2011. Dr. Berger will leave his post as Provost and Vice-President, Academics, and Professor of Anthropology at University of Maine, Farmington (UMF), in the U.S.A.
Dr. Berger holds a Ph.D. and Master’s Degrees from Columbia University and a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Chicago. Highly praised as an ardent advocate for the liberal arts and academic rigor, he made the choice to move from a career in private liberal arts colleges to public liberal arts institutions, out of his desire that education of the whole person be accessible to those wanting to pursue it. In the last 10 years at UMF, as chief academic officer,
Dr. Berger led innovative initiatives that revamped and improved programs and processes. These improvements contributed to UMF’s prominence in the State of Maine in education quality, student experience, financial matters, and profile advancement. Dr. Berger has also been active in the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC), an American Council, which champions the cause of liberal arts of superior quality in the public sector, where he served as Program Director. Augustana is the only Canadian member of COPLAC.
Dr. Berger sees many parallels between UMF and the Augustana Faculty, and at another level, between his own career history and Augustana’s history. These parallels, together with his 25 years experience in higher education and his active involvement with COPLAC, make him a unique fit for Augustana. He understands Augustana’s mission and goals, and he shares these personally. He is devoted to the student experience and to the support of faculty and staff. He prizes Augustana’s focus on undergraduate teaching and believes that a residence-based campus is the best place for this focus. He highly values community service-learning. His style is an “open-door” approachability, and he manages in collegial ways.
I would like to take this opportunity to express my appreciation and thanks to Dean Roger Epp for his dedication and leadership of the Augustana Faculty and Campus over the past eight years. Dean Epp successfully led Augustana through years of a merge into the University of Alberta family and further, greatly contributed to the advancement of the Augustana Campus in the University community and in the Provincial, National and international communities.
I wish to thank the members of the Dean Selection Committee for their hard work and commitment and to thank all of you in the Augustana and University communities who participated in the selection process.