Alison R. Byerly Named Lafayette College’s 17th President

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The former provost of Middlebury College is a national voice on the role of technology in higher education.

Alison R. Byerly named 17th president of Lafayette College in Easton, PA

Alison R. Byerly

I am greatly honored to be chosen as Lafayette’s 17th president and excited by the opportunity to lead such a dynamic and ambitious institution.

Alison R. Byerly has been named the 17th president of Lafayette College. One of the nation's most prominent thought leaders on the role of technology in higher education today, she has served in leadership positions at Middlebury College for 13 years, most recently as provost and executive vice president. Byerly will take office on July 1, 2013, as the first woman president of Lafayette, which was founded in 1826.

Byerly holds an interdisciplinary faculty appointment at Middlebury and has been a visiting scholar at MIT, Stanford, and Oxford. She is a leading voice on emerging forms of digital scholarship, the changing role of the humanities in the digital age, the importance of curricular innovation, and MOOCs (massively open online courses).

“I am greatly honored to be chosen as Lafayette’s 17th president and excited by the opportunity to lead such a dynamic and ambitious institution,” says Byerly. “As an undergraduate college that encompasses both the traditional liberal arts and a strong engineering program, Lafayette provides an extraordinary range and depth of opportunities to students, yet it remains deeply committed to the highly individualized, one-on-one mentoring that is the hallmark of the residential liberal arts college.”

Byerly continues, “At a time when many liberal arts colleges are looking for ways to extend their reach further into the world of technology and to connect the traditional liberal arts disciplines with opportunities to pursue more project-based, hands-on modes of inquiry, Lafayette is well positioned to lead in these initiatives.”

Byerly succeeds Daniel H. Weiss, who will assume the presidency of Haverford College in July.

Read the complete news release here.

View the presidential transition website here, including a video interview with President-elect Byerly.

High resolution images of Byerly are available here.
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Lafayette is a highly selective, national liberal arts college in Easton, Pa. with 2,400 students and 215 full-time faculty, offering a wide variety of undergraduate degree programs including engineering.

Kathleen Parrish
Associate Director of Media Relations
Lafayette College
Communications Division
Easton, PA 18042

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