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Marianne H. Begemann '79. Photo © Vassar College / Tamar Thibodeau.

Begemann '79 Named Dean of Strategic Planning and Academic Resources

Chemistry professor Marianne H. Begemann ’79 has accepted the position of Dean of Strategic Planning and Academic Resources. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Vassar, Begemann received her PhD in physical chemistry from UC Berkeley in 1984, and taught for a year at Mills College before joining Vassar’s faculty in 1985. Her research in environmental chemistry and laser spectroscopy has been supported through major grants from Research Corporation and the National Science Foundation, and she has demonstrated a commitment to mentoring students in laboratory research.

Begemann replaces Greek and Roman Studies professor Rachel Kitzinger, who served as Vassar’s first Dean of Planning and Academic Affairs, the title of the position until a name change in early 2012 to better reflect its duties and responsibilities.

Over the years, Begemann has served as director of the Undergraduate Research Summer Institute, chair of Chemistry, member of the Independent Program and Environmental Studies Steering Committees, budget member of the Faculty Policy and Conference Committee, member of the Faculty Appointments and Salary Committee, and, since 2006, chair of the Multidisciplinary Science Center Planning Committee. In this latter role, she has provided exceptional leadership in moving this crucial project forward.

Begemann was appointed associate dean of the faculty in 2007. She has overseen hiring of new non-tenure-track faculty, coordinated the postdoctoral fellowship programs, overseen the College Course program, and served as Dean of the Faculty office liaison for faculty development initiatives and an array of campus committees. She has counseled many faculty members informally; assisted with budget, grant, and curricular development; and most recently supported a group of faculty in designing a new Multidisciplinary Learning and Living Community on Food. 

In her new role, Begemann will oversee long-range planning, the Office of Admissions, the Office of Financial Aid, the College Libraries, the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, the Department of Athletics and Physical Education, college housing, classroom upgrades and faculty office arrangements, the Wimpfheimer Nursery School, and the Infant and Toddler Center.

February 2012


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