President Mark D. Gearan recently announced the appointment of three members of the senior staff at Hobart and William Smith Colleges: Eugen Baer as Dean of Hobart College, Robert Flowers as Interim Vice President of Student Affairs, and Catherine Williams as Director of Communications.
“Eugen, Robb and Cathy all bring a great deal of energy and passion to their new positions, said Gearan. “Each has a deep institutional knowledge and a proven track record of success here at the Colleges.
Baer, interim dean for the 2006-07 academic year after the retirement of Clarence E. Butler, has been a member of the philosophy department since 1971. A native of Switzerland, he holds a doctorate in philosophy from Yale University; a licentia in theology from the University of Freiburg, Switzerland; and a biblical baccalaureate from the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome. A former Capuchin monk who speaks 13 languages, Baer has twice been president of the Semiotic Society of America, was a member of the Fulbright Grant Screening Committee and has been chair of the philosophy department at the Colleges. Baer served as Lodi Town Supervisor from 1989-1993, which included terms as Chairman of the Seneca County Board of Supervisors from 1991-1993. He currently is filling out his term as member of the Lodi Town Board.
Baer and his wife, Karen, executive director of the Geneva Human Rights Commission, are the parents of a son, Geni. Baer is also the father of three other children including two HWS alums: Stefan Baer ’95, Ariane Baer ’97 and Natalie Baer.
Flowers has been the Colleges’ associate dean of students and director of residential education since 2004. In his new role, Flowers will oversee the counseling center, the health center, the office of student activities, the residential education program, the Colleges’ radio station, intercultural affairs, the alcohol and other drugs education program, campus safety, Hobart athletics and William Smith athletics.
Flowers holds a bachelor’s degree from Houghton College in Houghton, N.Y.; a master’s in education from Alfred University in Alfred, N.Y.; and a law degree from the University at Buffalo Law School. Before joining the Colleges, Flowers held administrative positions at Colgate University in Hamilton, N.Y., College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass.; and Alfred University.
Williams will oversee the media relations and publications programs for the Colleges, including admissions and development publications, the alumni/ae magazine, sports information and the Web site. She has worked with the Colleges in several capacities since 2001, including as a senior editor for institutional advancement. She was previously the director of marketing and communications at Nazareth College in Rochester, N.Y., and a freelance editor.
Williams holds a bachelor of arts in English and religion and a master of arts in English literature from Syracuse University.