New University Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Announced
Teaneck, NJ (July 28, 2005) — Today, Fairleigh Dickinson University President Dr. J. Michael Adams announced that Dr. Willard Gingerich has been appointed to the new position of University Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs. He will join the University on August 1.
Adams said, “Dr. Gingerich brings to Fairleigh Dickinson University a strong array of talents and experiences that will prove fundamental to our continued growth and development. He is not only a thoughtful scholar and devoted professor with outstanding academic credentials, but he is a forceful leader who understands the key issues facing higher education in the 21st century.”
Gingerich comes to FDU from the post of vice provost for graduate studies and research and a professor of English at St. John’s University. He also served there as associate provost and dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Previously, he was a professor of English and Director of Honors Programs at the University of Texas, El Paso.
He received his PhD from the University of Connecticut in 1977 and also studied at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and the Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia in México City. He was a Fulbright scholar at the Universidad Nacional de Panamá and is the author of numerous scholarly articles in journals and books, with special emphasis on Native American literatures and contemporary American poetry. He is a translator of colonial Nahuatl (Aztec) poetry and his book, The Nahuatl Reader: A Historical Anthology of Nahuatl Discourse in English Translation, is currently under development with the University of Utah Press.
“Dr. Gingerich,” said Adams, “ shares our passionate belief in the importance of preparing world citizens who understand the interconnected strands that weave our world together. I am confident that his contributions will be extensive and extraordinary.”