Gloria M. Culver

Gloria M. Culver

Gloria M. Culver

Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, University of Rochester

Years in current role: 6

What do you enjoy most about your role?

I am never bored. I have programs ranging from performing arts to physics in my portfolio. Interdisciplinary work is a hallmark of what we do and my role is central to much of the programming in this space.

What has been the biggest challenge you’ve dealt with over the past year?

Making a residential experience for students and faculty work with remote learning, social distancing and all that comes with that has been a huge challenge. Also, trying to lead from a position of empathetic and needs-based thinking has been a challenge.

What do you see as the biggest changes in the higher education industry in the next 3-5 years?

Understanding the role of universities in society and how to make an in-depth college experience an option for more individuals are problems we must face. How do we use what we are learning during this pandemic to make education better is another topic for the next few years.

What community organizations do you support as a volunteer and why?

I am a supporter and Board member of Geva and I serve on the Board of managers and support the Memorial Art Gallery.

What college class that you haven’t taken would you be most interested in taking and why?

Oh so many … courses in social justice, philosophy, ethics and technology are at the top of my list.