October 15, 2002 GENEVA, N.Y.—Hobart and William Smith Colleges are pleased to announce the appointment of Lynne M. Wiley as Vice President for Planning and Executive Affairs. A former tenured professor, academic dean, and student affairs professional, Wiley brings more than 25 years of administrative experience to her new role.
“We are excited to have Lynne Wiley assisting us in carrying out our agenda outlined in HWS 2005 [the Colleges’ strategic plan],” said Mark Gearan, president of the Colleges, “and the Colleges will benefit from having Dr. Wiley’s experiences as an educator.”
Wiley began her career at Cayuga Community College, in Auburn, New York, as creator and director of a career planning and placement office. She started work at Cornell University in 1979, rising to the position of Director of Student Services. In 1990, she entered into a Ph.D. program at the University of California at Berkeley, where she studied philosophy with Samuel Scheffler, and higher education with K. Patricia Cross. The recipient of a coveted Vice Chancellor for Research Fellowship, her work at Berkeley focused on the future of the college and the intersection of ethical ideas and higher education. During the same period, she was employed by Policy Analysis for California Education, the preeminent educational policy institute on the West Coast.
In 1995, Wiley accepted a position as Assistant Dean of the School of Education at Saint Mary’s College in Moraga, California. She served as Interim and Acting Dean, taught courses at the undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral levels, received tenure, and was promoted to the position of Associate Dean. In 2000, Br. Craig Franz, F.S.C., President of Saint Mary’s College of California, nominated Wiley as an American Council on Education (A.C.E.) Fellow. Selected to participate in the prestigious higher education leadership development program, she spent the 2001-2002 academic year at the Colleges, working closely with the offices of the President and Provost.
Wiley’s duties as Vice President will include managing HWS 2005, overseeing other institutional planning efforts, and assisting President Mark Gearan with a wide range of executive functions, including the President’s Forum speaker series, faculty and staff relations, and external affairs.
Hobart and William Smith Colleges are coordinate, private, liberal arts institutions, located in Geneva, N.Y. — the heart of the Finger Lakes region. The Colleges, which have a combined enrollment of 1,800, offer a remarkably broad array of majors and minors, with a cross-disciplinary flavor intended to better inform both professional and intellectual pursuits. The Colleges are noted also for an ambitious emphasis on international study, and for their programs in community service. Hobart College for men and William Smith College for women share faculty, facilities, and curriculum, but maintain separate dean's offices, athletics programs, student governments, and traditions.