New Dean in Town

Cecilia A. Conrad, on leave as professor of economics at Pomona College, began a two-year appointment as Scripps College’s vice president of academic affairs and dean of faculty on July 1, 2007.

As the chief academic officer of the College, Conrad has primary responsibility for academic, administrative, and research activities.

Conrad served a three-year term as associate dean of Pomona College from 2004 to 2007. She was the program coordinator for Pomona College’s Women’s Studies Program from 2001 to 2003.

In 2002, Conrad was a Carnegie Professor of the Year, a prestigious national award that recognizes outstanding undergraduate teaching. In the same year, she also received a Wig Distinguished Professorship Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Her recent scholarship focuses primarily on the impact of race and gender on economic status in the United States.

She received her BA from Wellesley College in 1976 and holds two degrees from Stanford University: an MA and PhD in economics with specialization in labor economics, industrial organization, and public finance.

As chief academic officer, the dean works with the faculty to ensure the effectiveness of all aspects of the Scripps College curriculum; oversees the offices of the Registrar, Information Technology, Off-Campus Study, and the Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery; and supervises all academic and faculty research budgets.

Conrad succeeds Michael Deane Lamkin, now the Bessie and Cecil Frankel Professor of Music at Scripps College, who concluded his service as dean in June, following 10 years of distinguished service.