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2004 Oregon Professor of the Year, Nigel Nicholson, Reed's new Academic Dean


Portland, Ore (January 15, 2013)--Nigel Nicholson has been named Reed College Dean of the Faculty and will begin his post as the chief academic officer of the college on July 1. Nicholson has taught classics at Reed since 1995 and was named Oregon Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in 2004.

“Nigel is an outstanding teacher, scholar, and educator,” said Reed College President John R. Kroger. “The Reed community looks forward to his leadership.”

Nicholson will replace Howard Vollum Professor of Chemistry Patrick McDougal, who has served as acting dean since Ellen Stauder stepped down in 2011 as a result of health concerns.

“I am honored to serve as dean of Reed's outstanding faculty and excited about the possibilities of the next few years," said Nicholson.

Nicholson is Walter Mintz Professor of Classics and Humanities and has had extensive leadership experience on the Reed campus and in professional organizations. He is the author of Aristocracy and Athletics in Archaic and Classical Greece (Cambridge University Press), as well as a contributor to many academic journals. He is well respected by his peers at Reed and within his discipline, having served on the Education Committee for the American Philological Association and the National Association for Classicists and as president and treasurer of the Classical Association of the Pacific Northwest.

In addition to his scholarship, Nicholson has been actively involved in several educational outreach programs within the community, including the Reed Latin Forum for Oregon and Washington high school students and the continuing education program for adults managed in partnership with the Oregon Council for the Humanities, Humanity in Perspective.

He received his BA from Oxford University, with congratulatory first class honors, and received his MA and PhD from the University of Pennsylvania.