University of Minnesota Provost Thomas Sullivan named professor James A. Parente, Jr. as dean of the University of Minnesota College of Liberal Arts (CLA), subject to approval by the university's Board of Regents, which is expected to act at its November meeting.
Parente, the current interim dean, is a professor and former chair of the Department of German, Scandinavian and Dutch and associate dean for faculty and research. He has been a member of the university's faculty since 1993 and has previously served on the faculty at Princeton University and the University of Illinois at Chicago. He earned both his Ph.D. and M.A. from Yale University, in German Languages and Literatures.
"Parente will be an outstanding and visionary leader and strategic thinker who will promote excellence across the entire college. Those who know his exceptional academic work know that it spans multiple time periods, disciplines and languages, and know also the enormous respect he has for the social sciences, humanities and arts," said Sullivan. "As dean of this academically diverse and important college, he will be committed to the values of deep, broad thinking and teaching, and he will ensure that CLA flourishes as an intellectual community."
Parente's awards include the National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for Independent Study and Research and a Visiting Appointment to the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University. He is a discipline representative to the Renaissance Society of America and external evaluator for the National Endowment for the Humanities, a dozen scholarly journals and department and academic programs at UCLA, Harvard, Cornell and the University of Pennsylvania.
Parente's candidacy received strong and consistent support from faculty, students, staff and alumni. CLA is the university's largest college and is critical to help the university achieve its goal of becoming one of the top three public research universities in the world. Parente succeeds Steven Rosenstone as Dean.
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