Patrick D. Reynolds, professor of biology at Hamilton College, has been appointed Dean of Faculty at the college, effective July 1, 2011. He is currently serving in that capacity on an interim basis.
Reynolds' appointment follows an extensive national search to fill the vacancy created when former Dean of Faculty Joseph Urgo was named the President of St. Mary's College of Maryland.
"Patrick Reynolds is a highly regarded teacher and scholar who has served ably for the past nine months as interim dean of faculty," said Hamilton President Joan Hinde Stewart. "He has the respect of his peers and the admiration of his students. I am delighted he has agreed to become Hamilton's next chief academic officer."
In his new position, Reynolds will lead the 184-member faculty and oversee the college's academic affairs, including Hamilton's programs in Beijing, Madrid, Paris, Washington, D.C., and New York City. He also will have oversight responsibility for numerous academic offices and centers, including Burke Library, the Registrar's Office, the Physical Education Department and Athletics, Emerson Gallery, the Arthur Levitt Public Affairs Center, Opportunity Programs, the Nesbitt-Johnston Writing Center, the Oral Communications Center and the Quantitative Literacy Center.
A native of New York, but raised in Ireland where his family still lives, Reynolds is the first in his family to obtain a college education. He received his bachelor's degree in 1983 with first class honors in zoology from University College Galway, part of the National University of Ireland, and earned his Ph.D. in biology from the University of Victoria in British Columbia in 1991.
Hired by Hamilton as an assistant professor in 1992, he was promoted to associate professor in 1998, professor in 2005 and became chair of the biology department in 2006. From 2007 to 2010, he was associate dean of faculty, and served as acting dean in 2009 when President Stewart was on a six-month research sabbatical and Dean Urgo assumed her responsibilities.