Dr. Jeffrey A. Fager, dean of arts and sciences and chief academic officer at Averett University in Danville, Va., has been selected as the next vice president and dean of Maryville College.
Maryville College President Dr. Gerald W. Gibson announced the news on May 8 in a memorandum to faculty, staff, students and members of the College's Board of Directors and National Advisory Council.
Pending formal approval by the Board, Fager will report for service on July 1. He will replace Dr. Robert Naylor who, last fall, announced his retirement at the end of the 2007-2008 academic year.
“I am delighted that Jeff Fager will be joining the excellent faculty and staff that make this an exceptional college community,” Gibson said. “At Maryville, we place an extra measure of attention to institutional fit when considering new community members, and Dr. Fager is clearly resonant with the values and traditions of Maryville College.
“He wasn't out looking for a new job, but was drawn to this specific academic leadership position at Maryville by recognition of those values and traditions, and by appreciation for the academic strength of the college,” the president continued. “In particular, he expresses high regard for the core curriculum here, and a high level of interest in working with the faculty to develop further programs to serve our students and bring further distinction to our college.”
A search committee, chaired by Dr. John Gallagher, associate professor of management, and composed of representatives from faculty, staff, student body, and the board of directors led the process.