February 24, 2003
Southampton College Names Dr. Daniel Rodas New Provost
Duke administrator to assume the College's top post by May 2003
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Southampton, NY - After conducting a nationwide search, Southampton College of Long Island University has named its new provost, Daniel J. Rodas, an assistant vice president at Duke University. In appointing him to the College's top administrative position, Long Island University has named a successor to Timothy H. Bishop, who ran a winning campaign for a seat in the United States Congress in the First Congressional District after serving as Southampton's provost for 17 years.
"Dr. Rodas brings to Southampton College extraordinary talent and substantial administrative experience," said Dr. David Steinberg, the president of Long Island University. "He is just the leader Southampton College needs at this moment in its history, bringing an understanding of the business of higher education as well as imagination, verve and leadership skills to his new role." President Steinberg further noted that Dr. Rodas joins a College that is poised to undertake exciting academic changes and major construction projects, creating a new Southampton College for the 21st century. "Dan Rodas will help transform this College. He is committed to excellence and the cultivation of a superb teaching environment in the humane tradition of small, liberal arts colleges."
Born in Rochester, New York, to parents who never had the opportunity to earn college degrees themselves, Dr. Rodas understands intimately the sacrifices required both by students and their families to gain access to the American dream through higher education. In 1985, he graduated from Williams College cum laude, also earning highest honors in American studies. He then received a master's degree in education from Harvard University. He earned both a Ph.D. in higher education and an M.B.A. from Stanford University. His doctoral thesis, entitled "Resource Allocation in Private Research Universities," was subsequently published. Dr. Rodas has received numerous fellowships and awards, among them, the Rising Star Award from the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO).
Since 1997, he has served as assistant vice president for administration and special assistant to the executive vice president at Duke University where he has been responsible for policy development, financial and business affairs, and the management of the administrative staff. Dr. Rodas has taken a leadership role in the United Way Campaign for Duke University and has been actively involved with students at Duke, serving as a pre-major academic advisor to cohorts of freshmen and sophomores. He also has taught higher education finance at North Carolina State University.
"I am excited by the challenges of Southampton College and the opportunity to help in the dynamic repositioning of this intimate liberal arts college within one of America's largest private universities," said Dr. Rodas, who will formally join the Southampton College community by May 1st. "Southampton College has already had great success because of its outstanding academic programs, its unique location, and the highly personalized attention it has long offered its students. We will continue this tradition of excellence, while working to strengthen its financial base, its physical facilities and its ties to the larger East End community."
The new provost joins Southampton College during this renaissance in its development. The College's elected faculty representatives and chosen leadership have joined with University officials and key trustees to strengthen the campus' mission and to re-examine how it delivers its liberal arts education. A new and innovative interdisciplinary academic core has been approved by the faculty and a restructured cluster of majors has been designed to meet the interests and priorities of this new generation of students. By the end of this semester, the University anticipates breaking ground for a new library/learning center, a building which will be environmentally sensitive. The new library will feature state-of-the-art technology and will provide a destination where students can study and congregate. It will sit next to a recently dedicated teaching facility, Chancellors Hall, forming part of the new academic quadrangle. Additional major capital projects are on the design board.
The College will continue its tradition of stellar arts programming this summer, hosting its 28th annual Southampton College Writers Conference featuring literary luminaries including Pulitzer Prize winner Frank McCourt, U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins and award-wining commentator and author Roger Rosenblatt, the Parsons Family University Professor of Writing at Southampton. The College's prestigious John Steinbeck Book Fair, which has been held off site for 25 years, will move onto the campus this spring. In addition, stage and screen star Alec Baldwin will teach an intensive acting workshop at the College.