Professor David Robbins to Succeed Steve Peterson as Associate Academic Dean

The Dean of Faculty’s office has announced that Seabury Professor of Mathematics and Natural Philosophy David Robbins has accepted an appointment to succeed Stephen L. Peterson as associate academic dean. Peterson will retire June 30, 2006; Robbins will work informally with Peterson throughout the spring semester before officially assuming his new responsibilities on July 1.

  Stephen L. Peterson

Peterson joined Trinity as librarian and College professor in 1991, following a lengthy stint as divinity librarian and associate dean at Yale Divinity School. He became associate academic dean in 1999, replacing Jack Waggett. “Trinity has been blessed to have someone of Steve Peterson’s capabilities initially at the helm of the library and, more recently, as the associate academic dean in the Dean of Faculty’s office,” notes Interim Dean of Faculty Frank Kirkpatrick. “Steve brought together both a strong financial sense and a personal, even pastoral, touch in his dealings with the faculty. He always kept institutional needs in mind as he made minute decisions about what we could and could not fund. But as an academic himself he understood that our budgets and decision-making must be appropriate to the unique educational enterprise that we are.”

  David Robbins

Robbins came to Trinity as an assistant professor of mathematics in 1972. He has served the College in various capacities, including as chair of the Appointments and Promotions Committee, chair of the Educational Policy Committee, and as a member of the Curriculum Committee. He has been chair of the math department and served from 1988-90 as special assistant to the president for institutional planning. He was appointed to the Seabury Professorship in 1995. “Dave Robbins will, I am convinced, ably fill Steve’s place in the office,” says Kirkpatrick. “He has a strong reputation as both a teacher and scholar who has a well-developed sense for precise accounting and administrative needs. I know that the next dean will find him an extremely valuable ally, as he/she will the other associate academic deans, Kat Power and Ron Spencer.”


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