University of Rochester leaders announced Wednesday that Richard Feldman, dean of the College for the last decade, is stepping down at the end of this academic year.
Feldman, who is also a professor of philosophy in the School of Arts and Sciences, plans to return to the philosophy department following a year of leave.
“With integrity and tireless energy, Rich has demonstrated an enormous commitment to the college and his impact on its progress cannot be overstated,” said UR President Joel Seligman.
“He has fostered important interdisciplinary academic collaborations, championed the liberal arts as the foundation for an enriching education at our research university, and strengthened every facet of the undergraduate experience.”
Feldman has served UR for more than 40 years. He came to Rochester in 1975 as an assistant professor of philosophy, later became professor, and served as chair of the department for 13 years. In July 2006, he was named interim dean of the college, and then was formally appointed dean, a position he has held for 11 years.
A search for a new dean of the college will begin after the appointment of a new dean of the faculty of Arts, Sciences & Engineering, to succeed Peter Lennie, who is stepping down in June.
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