May 1, 2015
"I believe I have an obligation to serve students in liberal arts colleges so they can learn in the best possible ways and have opportunities in their lives to contribute meaningfully to their communities."
That statement was among the sentiments recently shared by Marc M. Roy with Albion College, which has named Roy its next provost and vice president for academic affairs, effective July 1.
Roy brings to Albion a career-long dedication to the liberal arts and sciences that stretches more than 25 years at nationally recognized institutions. Since 2007, he has served as provost and chief academic officer at Goucher College in Maryland. As provost, he oversees 135 full-time faculty as well as the library and other academic offices. He collaborated with the president and others in developing Goucher's most recent strategic plan and led the faculty in creating a parallel academic strategic plan, approved in 2013.
Prior to Goucher, Roy was the vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty at Coe College in Iowa from 2002-2007. He began his academic career in 1989 as a biology faculty member at Beloit College in Wisconsin, eventually becoming associate dean in 1998.
"Marc is coming to Albion with stellar career experiences built entirely at excellent liberal arts colleges," said President Mauri Ditzler, who is concluding his first academic year at Albion and completes his executive leadership team with this appointment. "The provost represents the heart of the institution, and Marc fully understands the important foundation of the liberal arts, both in a historical sense as well as their place in our 21st-century interconnected world.
"His references described him as a man of remarkable integrity and as someone who brings out the very best in his colleagues," Ditzler added. "We look forward to his arrival, and I anticipate great things from him."
"I am very excited to be joining Albion College," said Roy, "a college with a long-standing tradition of excellence in the liberal arts and an important emphasis on engaged, hands-on learning. President Ditzler and the senior leadership team are setting a bold and visionary path for Albion and I am looking forward to working with them, and the faculty and staff, to provide excellent educational opportunities for students. Importantly, Albion students' education is a benefit to them and to our communities as they become thoughtful, engaged citizens and future leaders."
At Goucher, Roy reinvigorated the College's Center for Community-Based Learning, and it, along with community service programs, guided students in over 35,000 hours of community engagement last year. He has also assisted in fundraising for student research and scholarships, and received a $448,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for support of environmental studies.
Sally Walker, vice president for student affairs and co-chair of the provost search committee, said Roy "understands and values the totality of students' experiences and will be an active participant in student life on campus. His reach will extend to our City community as the continuous advancement of our College and City partnerships will be a priority for him. The enhancement of diversity, inclusion and pluralism are inherent in how he frames his approach to his work.
"In addition, he is approachable with a fun sense of humor," Walker said.
Roy, the current board chair of the American Conference of Academic Deans, was named Beloit's Teacher of the Year in 1995. He conducted an active research program with support from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the National Science Foundation, and has numerous journal articles and conference presentations on his research specialty, the neuroendocrinology of sexual differentiation and reproductive behavior.
Originally from the upper Midwest, Roy received his bachelor's degree in 1982 from Lawrence University in Wisconsin, and his Ph.D. in 1989 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Beth Lincoln, professor of geology, has served as Albion's interim provost for the 2014-2015 academic year following the retirement of Susan Conner.