Dean of Faculty, Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Professor of Psychology Ed Yeterian is among the best at what he does. Not included on that list: talking about himself.
“He’s enormously humble and reserved,” said President William D. Adams. “I admire that.”
Yeterian declined an interview as he prepares to leave Eustis after 12 years as the College’s top academic officer to return full-time to classrooms and laboratories. But Adams was unstinting in his praise: for his colleague’s “enormous capacity to do mountains of work,” his thoroughness and effectiveness, his fair-minded, evenhanded, courteous approach. “He’s managed the complexities of that enormously challenging job with extraordinary ability and effectiveness,” Adams said. “He tried to treat everyone the same, with great respect and care but always with the same institutional good in mind.”
Yeterian joined Colby’s faculty in 1978 and was named to this position in 1998. Now the longest-serving dean of faculty in Colby’s history (the position dates to 1947), Yeterian will return to the Psychology Department after June 30. Getting reacquainted there shouldn’t be a steep climb, though. On top of his prodigious duties on Mayflower Hill, Yeterian consistently maintained his neuroscience research in Boston one day a week.
As dean he was central to the strategic planning that helped shape new initiatives like the Goldfarb Center and new and repurposed academic facilities. He took leading roles in spreading project-based learning across the curriculum and building the Colby Undergraduate Research Symposium. He worked on new programs and minors in Jewish and Italian studies, adoption of more rigorous standards for academic honors, and a curricular review with a focus on evaluation of learning. In addition Yeterian made sure Colby was central in major research grants to Maine.
Colby’s ninth dean of faculty, Lori G. Kletzer, officially begins her duties July 1.