Hobart and William Smith Colleges have named a longtime faculty member, respected scholar, innovative teacher and dedicated community member as interim provost and dean of faculty. Professor of Economics Pat McGuire HON’10 will begin his new duties this summer and will serve for one year while the Colleges conduct a national search for a permanent replacement. He succeeds Teresa Amott who was recently named President of Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois.
“Pat brings to this position more than four decades of service to the Colleges as a scholar and teacher,” says President Mark D. Gearan. “As we search for a permanent provost and dean of faculty, we will rely on Pat’s experience, counsel and perspective to guide the Colleges’ academic direction. I am personally grateful that he has agreed to take on the position and excited for what we can accomplish during the next year.”
As interim provost and dean of faculty, McGuire will be the chief academic officer of the Colleges, charged with stewardship of the academic program, hiring and evaluation of faculty, and oversight of the registrar’s office and library staff, along with other academic services. McGuire has taught at Hobart and William Smith for more than 42 years. Last spring, he announced his intent to retire. The decision to delay his retirement and accept this administrative appointment was made, he says, after reflecting on the powerful partnerships that HWS foster among faculty and students.
“As provost, I look forward to administering something that I care deeply about – the academic program that has shaped the lives of generations of Hobart and William Smith students,” says McGuire. “And, as dean of faculty, I will work closely with the Hobart and William Smith faculty, a group of academics I greatly respect and admire. Together, we have a responsibility to create an environment where teaching excellence, scholarship and collaboration can continue to thrive.”
McGuire was educated at St. Peter’s College before receiving his M.A. and Ph.D. from Fordham University. With his colleague, Professor of Political Science Emeritus Joe DiGangi, McGuire co-founded the Colleges’ Public Policy program in Washington, D.C., which he has led as faculty director 10 times over the past 25 years. He co-taught the “Two Cities” bi-disciplinary course with Professor of Sociology James Spates for more than 20 years, taking HWS students to both New York City and Toronto for five days each as part of their regular coursework. McGuire has led several off-campus programs in Ireland, England and Central Europe as well as a Semester at Sea. He is a regular participant in the annual Wall Street Experience Program which allows students to spend two days with alums and employers from global investment banks, ratings agencies and hedge funds all over Manhattan. He has held leadership roles on several faculty committees and served as chair of the department of economics. In collaboration with his students, he recently completed an economic impact report that tracks the Colleges’ effect on the Geneva community.
“I have always been a faculty member and I am still a faculty member so my approach to this work will be faculty-based,” says McGuire. “I see my role as one in which I am here to help my colleagues achieve their goals while making the transition for the next provost and dean of faculty as smooth as possible.”
A regular attendee of HWS alum gatherings, McGuire is an important member of the HWS community, continuing to serve as a friend and adviser to HWS graduates long after commencement. When he announced his retirement, nearly 50 alums returned to campus to attend his last class. One former student, HWS Trustee Andy McMaster ’74, P’09, donated the McGuire House, a residence for visiting scholars, in honor of McGuire’s retirement.