New Dean of Faculty Announced



Lori KletzerFollowing a nationwide search, Colby announced the hiring of Lori G. Kletzer, a professor of economics at the University of California, Santa Cruz, as vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty. Her appointment takes effect July 1. Kletzer, who joined the Santa Cruz faculty in 1993 following seven years on the Williams College faculty, is a widely published labor economist whose research focuses on the way global competition affects U.S. workers.

At Santa Cruz Kletzer has served as chair of the economics department and is currently chair of the campus’s academic senate. She is also a nonresident senior fellow with the Peter G. Peterson Institute for International Economics, has been a resident scholar at the board of governors of the Federal Reserve System, a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution, and a visiting assistant professor at the University of Washington.

Her teaching and scholarship, along with her liberal arts background and her leadership on Santa Cruz’s academic senate were factors in the decision, according to President William D. Adams “Lori understands what we are up to at Colby, and I know that she will provide strong leadership and support to all parts of the academic program,” he said.

Kletzer graduated from Vassar in 1979 and earned her Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley. Given her experience at Vassar and on the Williams faculty, she says the Colby appointment represents “a transition back” to the environment that nurtured her academic pursuits.

She succeeds Edward H. Yeterian, who will return to Colby’s psychology faculty full time following 12 years as dean.
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  • On January 24, 2010, Sylvia Hurtado wrote:
    Congratulations! We will miss Dr. Kletzer at the University of California, especially her sharp mind, wit, and commitment to the faculty role in shared governance.