Vermont Business Magazine Bennington College President Laura Walker has announced that Dr Maurice Hall has been appointed provost of the college. He will assume this position on July 28. This is the latest announcement in a string of new hires for the college under President Walker, including Claudia Keenan as Senior Vice President for Advancement and Communications and Dr. Alfredo Medina as the new VP for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and College Diversity Officer.
This dream team of new hires is tasked with raising the bar at Bennington College academically, building a nest egg for the school to continue to rely on for providing the high-quality education for which it is known, and cultivating a diverse, equitable, and antiracist institution.
“Dr. Maurice Hall brings deep academic experience, a passion for Bennington College’s mission and pedagogy, and a strategic perspective to the Provost position,” said President Walker. “As the chief academic officer of the College, Dr. Hall will be a visible, engaged, and active champion of faculty and students. I’m looking forward to working closely with Dr. Hall on the next phase of Bennington’s legacy, and ensuring we are preparing students to be able to take on the most urgent problems facing the world, and to build meaningful, satisfying lives.”
Currently, Dr Hall serves as the Dean and Professor for the School of the Arts and Communication at The College of New Jersey in Ewing, NJ.
In this role, Dr. Hall has been instrumental in redesigning and strengthening the school’s operations in a number of ways, including re-envisioning the school’s value proposition, strengthening enrollment, updating and modernizing the overall curriculum, clarifying core competencies, and streamlining the operational budget, among others.
Dr. Hall also led the school’s fundraising campaign to establish a new, innovative lab space focussed on emerging technology and creative media. Dr. Hall collaborated with his team to redesign the first-year experience, renewing the focus on internships/career preparation, cultural competence and intellectual rigor in both curricular and co-curricular offerings.
Additionally, he has been a leader in contributing to diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts on his campus. As co-chair of the Campus Diversity Council, his work has centered on strategic planning and campus-wide projects that include assessing and reviewing all policies for consistency with DEI objectives and addressing a series of anti-racist initiatives in response to recommendations from faculty and staff.
Dr. Hall also led a year-long project with the faculty in the School of the Arts and Communication focused on decolonizing the curriculum.
His experience includes a significant emphasis on college-wide shared governance and cross-disciplinary leadership.
About his upcoming role at Bennington, Dr. Hall said, "I have always been aware of Bennington as an extraordinary institution that produces graduates who are literally game changers on the national, cultural and social landscape. It is a privilege to join this exceptional community, and I look forward to working with President Walker and with my new colleagues to build an even more illustrious future at Bennington."
Previously, Dr. Hall served as Department Chair for the Communication Department at Villanova University, where he was responsible for overseeing the largest department in the College of Arts and Sciences, supporting approximately 500 undergraduate and graduate students.
Dr. Hall’s fundraising efforts helped to establish a new, state-of-the-art communication multimedia facility.
He worked to extend the global/international component of the department’s curriculum by creating, with faculty, three unique international experiences for students including summer course/internship/service-learning experiences in Ghana, West Africa, and Shanghai, China.
He has provided consultation on developing communication-specific course experiences at the Danish Institute for Study Abroad (DIS) in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Prior to his time at Villanova, Dr. Hall served as Program Development Director, Leadership Academy, at Howard University.
Dr. Hall holds a doctorate in Organizational and Intercultural Communication and a Master’s degree in Mass Communication from Howard University. He has a BA, with honors, in Literature from the University of the West Indies. He also holds a Certificate in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Westminster.
Ms. Keenan, previously served as Senior Vice President of Institutional Advancement & Executive Director for Mercy Health Foundation. She was charged with overseeing all areas of advancement and worked closely with the board to grow philanthropic contributions for the hospital system. Under her leadership, the foundation experienced a 75% growth in new donor partnerships.
Dr. Medina most recently served as the Executive Director, Office for Public Engagement and Associate Director, Office for Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Albany.
About Bennington College
Bennington College is a liberal arts college in southwestern Vermont that has distinguished itself as a vanguard institution within American higher education. It was the first to include the visual and performing arts in a liberal arts education. It is the only college to require that its students spend a term—every year—at work in the world. Bennington students work intensively with faculty to forge individual educational paths around their driving questions and interests.
Rooted in an abiding faith in the talent, imagination, and responsibility of the individual, Bennington invites students to pursue and shape their own intellectual inquiries, and in doing so to discover the profound interconnection of things. Learn more at bennington.edu
Source: Bennington, VT: Bennington College 6.21.2021