The State University of New York Board of Trustees has appointed Provost Carol S. Long as interim president of the college effective Oct. 1., when President Christopher C. Dahl begins a nine-month sabbatical. He retires officially from the college June 30, after 19 years as leader. Dahl recommended Long for the position.
"As provost since 2009, and prior to that as dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Willamette University in Oregon, Dr. Long is ideally suited to lead the Geneseo campus," said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher following the board's action May 7. "We are delighted that she has agreed to serve as interim president and confident that SUNY Geneseo students, faculty, and staff will benefit from her continued leadership."
Long was appointed provost in July 2009 and has worked closely with Dahl and other senior administrators in advancing a number of academic and administrative initiatives. Partnering with the college's Division of Advancement, she established the Geneseo Ambassadors Program, which provides fellowships for innovative research and service projects for undergraduates. In 2011, she established a new Curriculum Innovation Grants Program. Under her leadership, the college has expanded international travel opportunities for faculty and students. Known for her creativity, innovation and deep commitment to liberal learning, she has served on the board of the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education (NITLE) and was instrumental in securing a major grant from the Teagle Foundation to support undergraduate research across campuses in the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC).
Long was associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Willamette before accepting the deanship. In the latter role, she also served as dean of the graduate school of education. For several decades she taught in Willamette's English department and served as chair of the department from 1990-93. She established the Oregon Writing Project in partnership with surrounding K-12 schools and colleges and directed the project for 14 years.
Long earned her doctorate and master's degree in English from Northwestern University. She received her bachelor's degree in English, magna cum laude, from Pomona College in California, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Her scholarly interests initially focused on modern British and American literature. They now are more but are interdisciplinary. Her recent publications address the rhetoric of science.