New VP for Academic Affairs hired

Mary Stray

Photo by Joe Lencioni,

Mary E. Morton Strey began duties as vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty July 1.

Strey most recently served as professor of chemistry and biology, tenured in both departments, at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minn., where she also held the post of inaugural provost and vice president for academic affairs from 2007-09. Prior to that she was dean of the college of arts and sciences and professor of biology at the University of Dayton and spent 13 years at the College of the Holy Cross as a faculty member, coordinator of science programs (1997-2000) and associate dean of the college (2000-04). Strey earned a bachelor’s degree from Bowdoin College and a doctorate from Dartmouth College.

Strey is charged with accomplishing institutional goals of raising the academic profile, reviewing the study abroad programs, connecting faculty across disciplines, developing the arts with greater emphasis on their contributions to the Central learning community, reworking undergraduate preparation in the health sciences and more.

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