For Immediate Release
April 24, 2009
Contact: David Irwin
(585) 245-5516


Carol S. Long Named Provost at SUNY Geneseo

GENESEO, N.Y. -- Carol S. Long, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and School of Education at Willamette University in Salem, Ore., has been appointed provost and vice president for academic affairs at the State University of New York at Geneseo.  She will begin her duties July 1.

As Geneseo’s chief academic officer, she will oversee 21 academic departments, the dean of the college office, libraries, computing and information technology, sponsored and institutional research and other offices supporting Geneseo’s academic program.  The provost reports directly to President Christopher C. Dahl. 

“Carol Long is a successful and highly accomplished academic administrator but also is an academic leader who thoroughly understands our mission and identity as a public liberal arts college,” said Dahl.  “She is eager to work with every member of the Geneseo community to realize our full potential for true excellence in undergraduate education.  I am very pleased she is joining us.”

Long was associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts prior to accepting the deanship at Willamette. She has taught in the English department there since 1972 and served as chair of the department.  While at Willamette, she established the Oregon Writing Project in partnership with surrounding K-12 schools and colleges and has directed the project for 14 years.

"I am extremely honored to be joining SUNY Geneseo as the college’s next provost,” said Long.  “The mission of Geneseo as an excellent public liberal arts college is a crucial one today in providing the highest quality education to a broadly diverse student body through active engagement with an outstanding faculty and with the world.  This is a mission close to my heart and one that I will be fortunate to pursue in the company of President Dahl and other excellent colleagues at Geneseo."

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 but are now more wide-ranging and interdisciplinary.  Her recent publications address the rhetoric of science.

Long’s appointment concludes a nationwide search that attracted more than 70 applicants.  Chairing the search committee was chemistry Professor Wendy Pogozelski.