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Banks to serve at Mount Holyoke

Mount Holyoke College announced the appointment of William Smith Dean Cerri Banks as its new Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of the College.

In the position at Mount Holyoke, Banks will have supervision of the college’s academic advising and student affairs functions. As Dean of William Smith College since July 2008, Banks has overseen Orientation, Moving Up Day and Founder’s Day, keeping the traditions of William Smith vibrant in the lives of our students and alumnae. At Hobart and William Smith, she is the chair of the President’s Commission on Inclusive Excellence and serves on the Committee on Academic Affairs. Also an Assistant Professor of Education at HWS, Banks has a Ph.D. in Cultural Foundations of Education and a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Women’s Studies from Syracuse University.

In a letter to the Hobart and William Smith community, President Mark D. Gearan said “Mount Holyoke will benefit from Dean Banks’ experience as a faculty member and administrator. A compassionate leader dedicated to the academic and social success of her students, Dean Banks will be missed by her many friends, colleagues and students at Hobart and William Smith.”

Professor of History Susanne McNally will serve as Acting Dean of William Smith College. During a 39-year career at HWS, she has served in the Provost’s Office, on the Committee on Standards and the Committee on Academic Affairs. She has led semesters abroad in China, Russia and Ireland, and was a member of the planning team that created theme housing, now a signature residence option at the Colleges. A true proponent of the interdisciplinary tradition of HWS, she has taught courses across a broad range of interdisciplinary programs, among them Women’s Studies, Russian Area Studies, Asian Studies and Environmental Studies. She is especially committed to connecting a liberal arts education to pressing local and global issues related to hunger and food.

A graduate of a coordinate women’s college – Douglass College in New Jersey, McNally has a thorough understanding of academic advising and pedagogy and is a passionate advocate for students. She is also active in the Geneva Summer Opera, the community lunch program, and Trinity After School Tutoring Program and Children’s Garden, among other commitments.  McNally also holds a Ph.D. from SUNY Binghamton and a master’s from Claremont.

“Given the period of transition inherent in the search for the next Provost and Dean of Faculty, I am grateful that she has agreed to serve as Dean for two years. She, along with her dedicated and very capable team in the Dean’s Office, will continue the proud tradition of William Smith College,” Gearan said.