GENEVA — Dr. Teresa Amott, Provost and Dean of the Faculty at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, began her new position July 5.
The provost is the chief academic officer of the Colleges, charged with stewardship of the academic program. She also will be responsible for hiring and evaluating faculty and overseeing the registrar's office and library staff, along with other academic services.
Amott is former vice provost at Gettysburg College, in Gettysburg, Pa., a post she has held since 2000. She chaired the economics department at Bucknell University from 1994 to 1998 and was academic coordinator of its residential colleges, a program for entering students.
She has also taught at several institutions, including Harvard Divinity School, the University of Massachusetts and Wellesley College.
She holds a doctorate in economics from Boston College and a bachelor's degree from Smith College. Her specialty is labor economics, with a focus on the experiences of women and minority groups.
In announcing her appointment earlier this year, HWS President Mark D. Gearan said, “Dr. Amott's impressive academic credentials and administrative experience, combined with her respect and deep understanding of the importance of a liberal arts education, make her an ideal choice for this position.”