ALFRED — Dr. Robert Curry has been appointed dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at Alfred State effective July 1.

"We are extremely pleased to have someone of Dr. Curry's caliber in this position," said Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs Craig Clark. "Bob's time at Alfred State has prepared him well for the challenges of a dean's responsibilities. His dedication to teaching and learning will be a tremendous asset to us and will unquestionably enhance the educational opportunities available to our students."

Dr. Curry joined the Alfred State faculty in 2004 and served as department chair for English and Humanities from 2008‑2013, and as interim dean of the School of Arts and Sciences in 2013‑2014. He is New York's higher education representative to the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) and serves on PARCC's Core Leadership Review Committee and New York's English Language Arts Content Advisory Panel‑groups that guide development of state and national Common Core‑aligned assessments. He has also worked on Common Core‑aligned standards and assessment projects for the U.S. Department of Education and with the GED Testing Service. His other scholarly interests include technology and education, competency‑based education, and the study of literature and environment.

"I'm honored to be appointed dean for the School of Arts and Sciences at Alfred State. We have an excellent faculty and staff who are deeply committed to the success of our students, and I look forward to working with them in this new role," Dr. Curry said.

As dean, Dr. Curry is responsible for leading more than 70 faculty and staff. The school, with an annual budget of about $3 million, includes seven departments (Agriculture and Veterinary Technology, English and Humanities, Mathematics/Physics, Nursing, Physical and Life Sciences, Social and Behavioral Sciences, and the Student Success Center) offering 19 programs to more than 1,250 students.

Dr. Curry holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Connecticut; a master's in English from California State University, Chico; and a bachelor's in creative writing and comparative literature from San Francisco State University.