Richard V. Prigodich, a chemistry professor who served as the interim dean of the faculty from mid-January through June 30, has been appointed to the newly created position of dean of academic planning for the 2013-14 academic year.
The announcement was made by Thomas Mitzel, who was hired as dean of the faculty and vice president for academic affairs, effective July 1. Mitzel called Prigodich’s new job “a hybrid position that will involve administrative duties” while Prigodich continues teaching in the chemistry department.
As part of Prigodich’s new duties, Mitzel said, he will lead a project to create and implement advisory boards for the major academic divisions at Trinity, including the arts, humanities, languages, sciences, social sciences, athletics and graduate studies. The duties will entail working with faculty members, the advancement office, the dean of faculty’s office, the president’s office, and prospective advisory board members.
The advisory boards will help reconnect Trinity alumni and community leaders to the campus and faculty with the goal of aiding curricular and fiduciary planning at the College.
Prigodich will also work with the dean’s office to study retention issues, devising methodologies to understand recent trends and develop solutions to help ensure that the College maintains a strong record of student retention.
“We are excited and enthusiastic about the positive impacts the projects…will have upon the long-term academic and financial health of Trinity College, and I hope you will join me in thanking Rich for agreeing to accept these responsibilities,” said Mitzel.
Prigodich, a chemistry professor who has been a member of the Trinity faculty since 1985, was named interim dean of the faculty in January when Rena Fraden left to take another job. In that position, he reported directly to President James F. Jones, Jr.
Prigodich served as chair of the chemistry department from 1994 through 2005, during which time he initiated semester-long research seminar and summer research programs for undergraduates, increased departmental student advising sessions, and oversaw the acquisition of several major additions to the department’s capital equipment inventory.
He was a member of the Science Alliance Steering Committee for six years and acted as interim director for one year. He also was co-chair of the faculty/trustee Special Committee on Institutional Administration and Governance.
Among other activities, Prigodich served on the Curriculum Committee for 11 years, was a founding member of the Math Center Advisory Committee, and was instrumental in the creation of the Interdisciplinary Science and the Environmental Science programs. He has served on the Faculty Research Committee, the Educational Policy Committee, and the Appointments and Promotions Committee.
Prigodich received his B.S. in chemistry from Lake Forest College in Lake Forest, IL and his Ph.D. in physical organic chemistry from Wesleyan University. From 1982 to 1985, he was a National Institutes of Health Post-Doctoral Fellow in the molecular biophysics and biochemistry department at Yale University.