Memo to Campus on Appointment of Vice President and Dean of Academic Affairs

December 3, 2015

To:                   The St. Lawrence Community
From:               President William L. Fox
Date:                December 3, 2015
Subject:            Vice President and Dean of Academic Affairs

I am delighted to announce that Professor of Government Karl Schonberg has accepted my invitation to serve as our next Vice President and Dean of Academic Affairs, effective July 1, 2016. 

Through a deliberative and inclusive process that allowed Laurentians to appreciate the strength and wisdom of the St. Lawrence faculty, Karl can assume his new role knowing he has the support of his colleagues and trustees.  His personal statement, from which I quote here, shares his vision of the University as “a community dedicated to excellence in liberal arts education through small, interactive classes and personal relationships between faculty and students” and his commitment to “seek all perspectives about our institutional goals not just occasionally but regularly, as a part of our campus culture, and ensure that transparent and collaborative decision making.”  These perspectives, with his experience in teaching and administration, affirm our confidence in his leadership.

The 2012 recipient of the J. Calvin Keene award, Karl has served St. Lawrence since 1999, when he joined the faculty in the department of Government as an assistant professor.  His promotions to associate professor (2004) and professor (2009) gave his colleagues and the University community a chance to appreciate his strong skills as a teacher and as a scholar.  He has taught Introduction to International Relations, Contemporary U.S. Foreign Policy, International Law, International Security, International Organization, Theoretical Perspectives on 20th Century U.S. Foreign Relations, and Globalization and Identity within the First-Year Program.  As the author of two books, Constructing 21st Century U.S. Foreign Policy: Identity, Ideology, and America’s World Role in a New Era (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009) and Pursuing the National Interest: Moments of Transition in Twentieth-Century American Foreign Policy (Praeger, 2003), Karl has earned international respect. 

As our Associate Dean of International and Intercultural Studies since July 2010, Karl has had supervisory duties for 25 off-campus programs, student research and financial aid funding, and on-campus intercultural programming. From 2008 to 2010, Karl served as Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs, supporting faculty and student initiatives throughout campus.  His contributions to numerous committees at St. Lawrence have given him a broad view of the University’s potential.

Karl graduated from Colgate University with a dual concentration in Political Science and English and earned his Master of Arts in Foreign Affairs and his Ph.D. in International Politics from the University of Virginia.  He attended the Higher Education Management Development Program, Harvard University Graduate School of Education in 2013.

We will have appropriate occasions in the spring semester to extend our thanks to Valerie Lehr, who will return to the St. Lawrence faculty in 2016 after nine years as vice president and dean of academic affairs.  I have valued greatly Val’s leadership, wisdom, energy, and loyalty to St. Lawrence in the six years we have worked together.  Val will direct the University’s abroad program in London after she completes her tenure as vice president and dean.

Let me also take this moment to thank the search committee, ably chaired by Professor Eve Stoddard and Trustee Barry Phelps, and its faculty, student, and trustee members, who collaborated for such a vital assignment.  I especially appreciate that our Faculty Council as a whole dedicated itself to this work.