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Goucher Names Marc M. Roy as College's First Provost

Release date: December 08, 2006

In a move to strengthen and support its 121-year tradition of excellence in liberal-arts education, Goucher College has named its first provost and chief academic officer. Beginning on June 11, 2007, Marc M. Roy — now vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty at Coe College in Iowa — will be Goucher’s second-ranking administrator and will bear primary administrative responsibility for direction of the college's academic program.

Goucher’s decision to create the provost position, which will replace the current academic dean’s post, represents a deliberate effort to concentrate greater attention and resources on the direction and development of the college’s innovative and progressive academic offerings. 

Guided by a committee representing a broad cross section of the entire Goucher community—including faculty, students, staff, and trustees — the college conducted an exhaustive search that drew 102 applicants worldwide. The pool was narrowed to nine semi-finalists, and then three outstanding finalists visited the Goucher campus north of Baltimore in late October and early November. Roy enjoyed broad support from the committee and the campus community, and he was President Sanford J. Ungar’s enthusiastic choice.

“Marc Roy is an accomplished biologist, a master teacher, a productive researcher, an experienced administrator, and a citizen of the world,“ said Ungar. “He is a perfect fit with the Goucher community and will help us integrate our new study-abroad requirement into our curriculum. We all look forward to his arrival.“

As Goucher’s provost and chief academic officer, Roy will work with the president, faculty, board of trustees, and other members of the Goucher community to enhance the college’s tradition of academic innovation, exemplified most recently by its decision to become the first national liberal-arts college to require undergraduate study abroad. Roy will help to guide Goucher as it continues realizing its strategic objectives, including the expansion and diversification of the college’s student body and faculty and the transformation of its curriculum to emphasize the international, intercultural, and ecological dimensions of every discipline. 

Since 2002, Roy has been at Coe College, where he helped review and revise the general education curriculum and developed study-abroad programs and international educational collaborations. He also instituted faculty mentoring programs and diversity initiatives among students and staff. Previously, Roy was associate dean of academic affairs at Beloit College in Wisconsin for four years and a biology professor there for 13 years. He earned a bachelor of arts in biology from Lawrence University in Wisconsin and a doctorate in neuroscience from the University of Wisconsin.

“Goucher has a distinguished history and a rich tradition of providing an outstanding liberal-arts education to its students,” said Roy. “A great college begins with excellent people. Goucher has a faculty of impressive teacher-scholars; a dedicated staff; visionary leaders; and inquisitive, engaged students. I am honored and thrilled to be joining this distinguished community. I am especially excited to begin working with the faculty and staff to build upon the college’s innovative emphasis on international, interdisciplinary, and ecological aspects of education.”

Roy, his wife Joan Wilterdink, and their five children will move to the Baltimore area in the late spring.