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Pottle appointed dean of Regis College School of Arts & SciencesAugust 5, 2008
Regis College has appointed its first dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Russ Pottle. In 2006 the College created two schools—The School of Arts and Sciences and The School of Nursing and Health Professions—as part of a visionary strategy for growth that included admitting men to the undergraduate college, expanding professional graduate programs to serve the needs of the growing health care industry, and building up advanced degree and professional opportunities for the changing student populations of the 21st century.
“We are very happy to welcome Dr. Russ Pottle as we grow our college,” said Mary Jane England, MD, president of Regis College. “Russ’s background both as an experienced administrator and as a professor of literature made him an ideal candidate to guide our School of Arts and Sciences.”
Dr. Pottle comes to Regis from Saint Joseph Seminary College in Louisiana, where he served as academic dean, director of Admissions, and senior professor of literature. His PhD is in English from Louisiana State University and he earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English from Southeastern Louisiana University. His appointment at Regis is a homecoming to the Boston area where his family has been deeply invested in the area’s arts and educational communities. His father was a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and his mother a vocal soloist at Boston’s Old South Church.
Dr. Pottle’s scholarship interests, which he plans to continue to pursue, include travel writing and American literature. In May, he presented research on travel writing at the American Literature Association in San Francisco. Dr. Pottle has held significant leadership and committee positions and has been published on a number of literary topics. He has been active in accreditation activities and has served as a team member on several Southern Association evaluation visits.
“Russ has the perfect background to represent the diversity of programs and disciplines within the arts and sciences," commented Dr. Paula Harbecke, Vice-President, Academic Affairs, at Regis. “We look forward to the leadership he will provide to help develop and advance the School of Arts and Sciences at Regis College.”
Regis College is a Catholic co-educational community that prepares undergraduate, graduate and continuing education students for engagement and service in a changing world. Approximately 1,600 students are enrolled in 24 undergraduate majors, graduate degree programs in education, communication, leadership and service, health product regulation, public administration and nursing, and a doctorate in nursing practice. U.S. News and World Report ranks Regis in the top tier of universities with master’s programs in the North. The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) lists Regis among benchmarking colleges for the quality of educational experience. Contact: Marjorie Arons-Barron, 617-423-7770; firstname.lastname@example.org