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David Paris Named Acting Dean at Hamilton College

By Mike Debraggio
Posted March 23, 2000
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David Paris, a member of the Hamilton College faculty for more than 20 years, has been named acting dean of the faculty for the 2000-2001 academic year.

His appointment coincides with the conclusion on July 1 of the five-year term for current Dean of the Faculty Bobby Fong, who will begin a yearlong sabbatical at the end of the current academic year. A national search for Dean Fong's successor will begin in the fall. "In assuming the deanship for the coming academic year, David Paris is returning to a position he held previously at Hamilton, and for which he was highly effective in representing the voice of the faculty," said Hamilton President Eugene M. Tobin in announcing the appointment. "I look forward to working with him again as acting dean, especially as we move toward implementing the new curriculum approved by the faculty in February."

A 1971 Hamilton graduate, Paris received his master's degree and his Ph.D. from Syracuse University before returning to College Hill as a member of the Hamilton faculty in 1979. Currently, he is associate dean of the faculty, Emerson director of curricular development and James S. Sherman Professor of Government. His top priorities for the coming year include overseeing the implementation phase of the new curriculum and keeping Hamilton's ambitious science facilities project on track.

Paris has a particular interest in education and public policy, and his publications include a number of books and articles, with two articles forthcoming this spring. He also has been interested and involved in faculty development, and he is the 1990 recipient of the Sears Foundation Award for Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership. "In both his teaching and his research, David is an exemplary member of this faculty," Tobin said.

During his 21 years on the faculty, Paris has served the College in a variety of capacities, including as chair of the Committee on Academic Policy, chair of the Committee on Appointments, and currently as chair of the On-Campus Planning Committee.

Locally, he served as a member of the Clinton Central School Board, including serving as president from 1990-92, and was on the Board of the Directors of the Kirkland United Way and A Better Chance. He and his wife, Candace, and their three daughters reside in Clinton.

Fong came to Hamilton in 1995. During his time as dean of the faculty, Tobin said, Fong contributed his leadership to a number of important initiatives that have enhanced the College's educational program and reputation, including strengthening general education, mobilizing planning for new science facilities, instituting programs for faculty development and assisting in securing national foundation grants. Over the course of the next year, Fong will be editing the fiction for second volume in the variorum Collected Works of Oscar Wilde being published by Oxford University Press, and for which he has already produced an edition of the collected poems.

Fong, his wife, Suzanne, and their two sons reside in Clinton.

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