GENESEO — At last Friday’s faculty forum, the first of the new candidates for President of the college met with department chairs, deans, union leaders, and a diverse group of students and staff members, to field questions regarding the future SUNY Geneseo and the importance of the liberal arts.
Dr. Beth Rushing, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, was the first presidential candidate to visit campus this semester. Dr. Rushing engaged in comprehensive interviews which included three open forums for students, staff, and faculty.
“Dr. Rushing stressed the importance of a liberal arts education across all majors, including the professional schools,” stated Dr. Becky Glass, Executive Assistant to the President at SUNY Geneseo. “It’s important to make sure all students have the opportunity to acquire fundamental skills like critical thinking, writing, and numeric reasoning.”
Introduced by Dr. Kurt Fletcher, SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor of Physics and search committee member, Dr. Rushing opened the forum with a discussion of the rapidly changing world of higher education, and offered her perspective on how she sees Geneseo adapting to these changes.
When asked what changes she would make as President to help enhance liberal arts education at SUNY Geneseo, Dr. Rushing answered with tact and reason, commenting on the importance of first acquiring an understanding of the college’s organizational culture, before promising changes.
Dr. Rushing is the first of five Presidential candidates. The next two candidates will be on campus November 17 and 18, and November 20 and 21, respectively. There will be two more candidates after Thanksgiving.
Longtime President Christopher Dahl retired last June. Former Provost Carol S. Long currently serves as interim President.
PHOTO CAPTION: Dr. Beth Rushing. Photo from St. Mary’s College website.