July 21, 1998
Geneva, NY — Hobart and William Smith Colleges President Richard H. Hersh has announced the appointments of David N. DeVries to associate dean of Hobart College, and of Mark Jones to assistant dean for program development of Hobart and William Smith Colleges.
DeVries has been on the faculty at the Colleges since 1992, first as assistant professor of English and comparative literature, and later as assistant professor in the Colleges' writing and rhetoric program. He earned his B.A. and Ph.D. from New York University. Prior to his arrival at the Colleges he had been first instructor, then assistant professor in the expository writing program of the English department at New York University. A scholar in medieval English literature, DeVries has made wide-ranging contributions to his field through published articles and papers at national conferences. He replaces Clarence Butler, who was recently named Hobart Dean.
DeVries' responsibilities in the dean's office will be primarily to assist first-year students as they make the transition to college. He will also aid sophomores as they declare areas of concentration prior to entering their junior year, and as his duties permit, will continue to teach classes.
Jones, assistant professor of art, will in his new role work to strengthen existing ties among students, faculty, and the administrative staff, and to create opportunities for others.
A 1972 graduate of Hobart College, Jones later earned the M.F.A. from Brooklyn College. An award-winning photographer, Jones photography is frequently exhibited in both solo and group exhibitions. In addition to his regular teaching duties at HWS, he has been a leader in the Colleges' Environmental Studies Summer Youth Institute and recently led the HWS off-campus term in Los Angeles.
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