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Pratt Appointed Dean Of School Of Arts And Sciences

James R. “Dick” Pratt has been appointed the dean of Clarkson University’s School of Arts and Sciences, effective July 1. Pratt is currently the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Idaho State University.

"This is an exciting time of reorganization and growth for Clarkson, and we are very pleased that Dick Pratt will lead this effort in the new School of Arts and Sciences," said Clarkson President Tony Collins. "Dr. Pratt has extensive experience in interdisciplinary research and teaching and possesses the administrative expertise necessary to lead the new school toward national excellence. I expect that he will partner with School of Business Dean Tim Sugrue and Wallace H. Coulter School of Engineering Dean Mani Venkata in a variety of initiatives to raise Clarkson University's academic reputation."

Prior to serving as dean at Idaho State, Pratt was the vice provost (1999-2002), associate vice provost for Sponsored Research (1997-1999), and director of Environmental Sciences & Resources (1996-1999) at Portland State University. He has also held positions at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory, The Pennsylvania State University, and Murray State University. He received his Ph.D. in zoology from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University; his M.S. in biology from Eastern Washington University; and B.A. in biology, magna cum laude, from the University of Washington.

He has published extensively on microbial ecology, including 97 articles or book chapters and three co-edited books. He served as an American Council on Education Fellow in 1998.

President Collins recognized and thanked David Powers for his year of distinguished service as interim dean and the search committee for their efforts to attract highly qualified candidates to Clarkson.

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