June 15, 1998
Geneva, NY — Hobart and William Smith Colleges President Richard H. Hersh announced today the resignation of Hobart Dean Aaron Shatzman. Shatzman, who came to the Colleges a year ago, is leaving for family reasons.
“Shatzman was hired for his enthusiastic support of students, his belief in the Colleges' mission, and his eagerness to help men increase their sense of connection to and pride in Hobart College,” said Hersh. He pointed out that Shatzman had indeed brought those qualities to his deanship and thus his departure is a sad event.
Clarence Butler, currently associate dean for Hobart, has been named to replace Shatzman. Butler was a finalist in the search last year and, said Hersh, was deemed eminently qualified by the entire search committee.
Butler came to the Colleges in 1979, after serving on the faculties at Brown University and Dartmouth College. Aside from his administrative duties as associate dean, he teaches German part-time at HWS and is an ordained minister. Butler received the B.A. and the Ph.D. from Washington University in St. Louis, the M.A. from the University of Kansas, and the B.D. from the Episcopal Theological School. He also received a language diploma from the University of Stockholm, Sweden. He is a former Fulbright Scholar as well as a DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) Scholar.
Butler will officially assume his new duties on July 1.
# # #