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Moravian College Names New Vice President and Dean

Moravian College recently announced that Dr. Randall K. Packer has been named Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty. Dr. Packer will officially join the College on July 1, 1999.

Dr. Packer comes to Moravian College after a distinguished, 27-year academic career on the faculty of George Washington University. He has been a professor of biology at George Washington since 1980, and from 1987 to 1996, he served as the Chair of its Department of Biological Sciences. Packer holds a Ph.D. in Zoology from Pennsylvania State University; he earned a B.S. (Cum Laude) in Biology and Secondary Education from Lock Haven State College.

"Dr. Packer brings to our community a broad and impressive range of experience as a teacher, advisor, administrator, and leader in undergraduate programs, as well as an exceptional record of productive research." said college president, Dr. Ervin J. Rokke. "That experience -- in faculty development, departmental leadership, program development, and administration -- makes him ideally suited to his new position at Moravian."

Packer was selected after a thorough, rigorous screening and interview process, which involved a number of outstanding candidates.

In his initial communication with the search committee, Packer offered a telling comment about his strong interest in Moravian College. "I have broad intellectual interests outside science, particularly in literature," he observed. "Although I have had a productive research career, my first love has always been teaching undergraduates in a liberal arts curriculum. I would like to continue my administrative career at an institution where the focus is on undergraduate liberal arts education." Dr. Rokke said, "Packer's aspirations in that regard suit him very well for his new role and responsibilities at Moravian College."