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Alfred University appoints Beth Ann Dobie provost, vice president of Academic Affairs

Beth Ann Dobie
Beth Ann Dobie

Alfred University announces the appointment of Beth Ann Dobie to the position of provost and vice president of Academic Affairs, effective July 1. Dobie has been serving in those roles on an interim basis since 2019.


ALFRED, NY – Alfred University announces the appointment of Beth Ann Dobie to the position of provost and vice president of Academic Affairs, effective July 1. Dobie has been serving in those roles on an interim basis since 2019.

Dobie, who holds a B.A. degree in philosophy from Southern Connecticut State University and M.A. and doctoral degrees in philosophy from the University of Connecticut, has been with Alfred University for 25 years. She came to Alfred in 1995 and served as professor of art theory and philosophy until 2017, when she was appointed dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

“Beth Ann is a recognized scholar and award-winning teacher, known for her development of the interdisciplinary curriculum in our College of Liberal Arts and Sciences,” said Mark Zupan, Alfred University president. “She has served our institution exceptionally well in her roles as teacher and administrator.”

“I am thrilled and honored to be chosen as the next provost of Alfred University.  I look forward to being a part of the team that is transforming our challenges into opportunities, among them: advancing significant diversity and inclusivity in our community and curricula, and creating new ways of teaching and learning inspired by our current circumstances,” Dobie commented. “One of Alfred University’s strategic goals is to ‘transform student lives and better our world’; these two go hand in hand.  They are at the heart of what we do, and are more important now than ever.”

A past winner of Alfred University’s Joseph Kruson Award for Excellence in Teaching, Dobie created new courses that addressed contemporary issues in art theory and philosophy, and chaired honors theses in Fine Arts/Interdisciplinary Arts and philosophy. She is past chair of the Division of Human Studies and past director of the Fine Arts/Interdisciplinary Arts program.

During her tenure as dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Dobie guided the transition of the divisions of Education and Athletic Training into the College; led efforts to gain reaccreditation of our Education Program; and improved retention by implementing a mid-semester scholastic standards review with at-risk students.

“Beth Ann is respected throughout the Alfred University community,” Zupan said. “She is known for her team-based approach to leadership and has made it a priority to support faculty and staff in their endeavors as scholars, teachers, and community members.”

As interim provost and vice president of Academic Affairs, Dobie helped lead efforts to secure Strategic Investment Funds to support faculty work on academic innovation proposals and initiated Faculty Scholar Awards to acknowledge excellence in research and scholarship. She also introduced a publication, “Outside the Classroom,” to celebrate faculty accomplishments and worked with the Alfred University deans worked to transform the Deans’ Council into a collaborative, peer-based working group.

Dobie supported the addition of majors in business analytics, data analytics, and music, and the reactivation of the computer science major and health planning and management minor. The New York State Education Department recently approved the University’s proposed Bachelor of Science majors in biochemistry and biology.

Dobie has been tireless in her service to Alfred University. Twice, in 2004 and 2014, she chaired the Middle States Commission on Higher Education Self-Study Committees. She chaired the Search Committee for Vice President of Student Affairs; and currently serves on the President’s Committee on Diversity and the Strategic Retention Committee, as a facilitator for the University’s Common Ground program, and as historian for its Phi Beta Kappa chapter.