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Former Dean Named President of Wagner College

Richard Guarasci, who served as dean of Hobart College from 1992-97, was named president of Wagner College on June 1. Since leaving Hobart, Guarasci has served as provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Wagner College. Prior to coming to Hobart, he was a political science professor and dean at St. Lawrence University for over 20 years.

At Wagner, Guarasci founded The Wagner Plan for the Practical Liberal Arts, the new four-year curriculum for all undergraduates, which draws together a substantive liberal arts core into a series of learning communities. Each community cluster includes semester-long community based and service learning courses emphasizing the integration of ideas and experiences with the civic arts of democratic culture.

Guarasci is the author of “Democratic Education in the Age of Difference: Redefining Citizenship in Higher Education” (Jossey-Bass, 1997) and numerous other publications. In this book, he argues that it is imperative that higher education explicitly educate students for intercultural leadership. He served on the National Board of Directors of the American Association of Colleges and Universities. He is a Fellow of the Society for Values in Higher Education and a PEW Foundation Fellow with The Washington Center for Learning in building natural leadership in learning communities. Guarasci recently authored “Developing the Democratic Arts” in About Campus (Feb. 2001).

A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., Guarasci earned his Ph.D. and master's degree from Indiana University. He earned his undergraduate degree from Fordham University.