WILLIAMSBURG — William & Mary announced it has named Suzanne Raitt as the next dean of the faculty of Arts & Sciences after a national search.
According to the university, Raitt, who holds a chancellor professorship of English at William & Mary, is an award-winning scholar, faculty leader, teacher and administrator. She has been a member of the university community for over 20 years, most recently serving as acting dean of the faculty of Arts & Sciences since January.
“The William & Mary community knows Dr. Raitt well as a gifted colleague. She exemplifies our core value of curiosity, leading with wisdom and great judgment,” said President Katherine A. Rowe. “Under Vision 2026, W&M is reimagining the liberal arts for the 21st century to ensure the lifelong success of our graduates. Dr. Raitt is exactly who we need to lead W&M Arts & Sciences at this important moment.”
The dean of the faculty of Arts & Sciences leads the largest of William & Mary’s academic units, the university said, overseeing approximately 650 faculty in 11 graduate programs and dozens of undergraduate majors and minors. Arts & Sciences also houses research centers and administrative offices that support the university’s teaching and research missions.
Raitt will begin the permanent post on April 25 pending formal approval at the W&M Board of Visitors at its April meeting.