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April 6, 2001
James Larocca Appointed Dean of Southampton College

Jane Finalborgo
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James L. Larocca has been named Dean of Southampton College, Long Island University officials announced today. Larocca, who will assume his duties September 1, succeeds Margaret Madden, who has been appointed University Dean for Learning and Technology.

Larocca currently holds the Keyspan Distinguished Chair in Public Policy, teaching at Southampton College and at the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University. Professor Larocca has also held an adjunct professorship at Hofstra University.

"Jim Larocca is an extraordinarily talented person, and we are fortunate that he has chosen to bring to Southampton College his breadth of experience in public and private management, civic service, and educational leadership. He has the perfect mix of experience, intellectual strength, and practical ability," said University President David J. Steinberg. "I have no doubt that he will continue the Renaissance at Southampton College that has seen the development of new programs in Writing and Business, construction of a new Academic Center, and appointment of such renowned faculty as Roger Rosenblatt."

Southampton College is located on Long Island's East End, where its 110-acre campus overlooks Shinnecock Bay. With a full and part-time faculty of 200 and a student population of 1,500, the college offers a total of 37 undergraduate and graduate degrees in a varied curriculum of liberal arts and sciences. The college is especially strong in the marine and environmental sciences, and its students have earned 35 Fulbright Scholarships over the past 25 years. The school is also rich in the social sciences and arts and media, and its writing programs offer a faculty of world-renowned writers. Southampton operates the SEAmester program aboard a 125-foot schooner, and the campus is home to the Friends World Program of global education with seven overseas centers.

Larocca has had a rich and varied career in government and politics, business, the law and academe. A lawyer, Mr. Larocca served in the cabinets of two New York governors (as Commissioner of Energy and Transportation) and as President of the Long Island Association, the region's largest business and civic organization. He currently serves as Chairman of the Long Island Nature Conservancy, the major environmental preservation organization. He is also an award-winning playwright.

Larocca is a combat veteran of Vietnam where he served as a naval officer in river patrol in the Mekong Delta. In 1998 he was a candidate for nomination for Governor of New York.

He succeeds Margaret Madden who will take on a new University position in which she will lead the crucial effort to use new and creative innovations in Technology to enhance teaching.

"As we move forward in this important area, it is crucial that innovation be coupled to the fundamental goal of enhancing the learning experience," said Michael Arons, Vice President of Academic Affairs. "Maggie's excellent academic background, broad training in psychology, and deep commitment to good teaching will help make this a reality."

As Dean of Southampton College, Larocca will continue to hold the Keyspan Chair in Public Policy and teach.

He is married to the former Dale Maizels, a college teacher and administrator specializing in learning disabilities. They have three children.


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