A. Cruz-Saco, interim dean of the college at Connecticut College, will
become dean of the college at Wesleyan University on July 18.
Wesleyan's dean of the college is responsible for the programs and services
that support student learning and development. The office of the dean
encompasses the class deans, the Office of Residential Life, student and
behavioral health services, the Office of Student Activities, the Office of
Community Service, the chaplains, and the new Usdan University Center. The
dean serves as a member of the university's senior staff.
is a moment of unusual opportunity," says President Doug Bennet. "We are
thinking afresh about how we link students' academic experiences with their
lives in the community and about how we can take full advantage of the
diversity of student experience as a resource for learning. Wesleyan is also
strengthening our residential life and student programming in concert with
the addition of new housing and the Usdan University Center. Maria Cruz-Saco
will provide strong leadership in all these areas, and we welcome her to
Cruz-Saco is an economist and expert in social protection and the reform of
social security systems with a regional emphasis in Latin America and the
Caribbean. She has authored three books, co-edited one, and contributed many
articles and chapters to professional journals and books. She earned her
B.A. at the Universidad del Pacífico in Lima, Peru, in 1979 and her Ph.D. in
economics at the University of Pittsburgh in 1983.
a full professor of economics at Connecticut College.
Cruz-Saco has served as interim dean at Connecticut College since July
2003. She joined the college in 1990 and held leadership positions including
chair of the economics department, chair of the Priorities, Planning and
Budget Committee, member of the Grievances Committee, and member of the
faculty steering committee of the Holleran Center for Community Action and
Public Policy. In 2002-03, she chaired the Presidential Commission on a
Pluralistic Community charged with delineating the college's vision for a
multicultural experience and inclusive excellence.
interim dean, Cruz-Saco led an internal self-study of her division in
comparative perspective, redrafted its vision, mission and goals and
designed an action plan for 2004-2006. Under her leadership, the Dean of the
College division produced a student quality of life report, concluded and
implemented the results of a self-assessment of the Multicultural Center,
secured an increase in the operational budget for pluralistic initiatives
and supported the creation of a peer-mentoring pilot.
"Professor Maria Cruz-Saco has been a leader in strengthening the entire
educational program at Connecticut College," says Connecticut College President Norman Fainstein. "In 2002-03 she chaired a presidential commission on creating a
genuinely pluralistic community. As interim dean of the college, she has
continued to support efforts to improve equity and diversity, to further
student achievement, and to better integrate the curricular and
co-curricular sides of the college. She has worked closely with students,
faculty and staff to establish a collegial climate and institutional
structure where students can truly put the liberal arts into action as
citizens in a global society. Her enthusiasm, energy, and intellect will be
look forward to joining the Wesleyan community and to being a part of this
vibrant and engaged campus," says Cruz-Saco. "Wesleyan offers an
extraordinary liberal arts education, and I feel fortunate that I will
contribute to the continued excellence of student life and development."
Weitzer, senior associate provost and dean of continuing studies at
Wesleyan, will continue in his role as acting dean of student
academic services during Cruz-Saco's transition. The role of dean of student
academic services was established as part of a reorganization of the dean of
the college office led by Wesleyan's interim dean, Peter Patton.