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Deans of Continuing Education and Undergraduate Studies Named

Robert J. Cannon, D.Ed., dean of continuing education and community outreach, and Joseph Thomas, Ph.D., dean of undergraduate studies, joined Albright in January.

Cannon oversees the Accelerated Degree Program, non-credit programs and other community outreach efforts. He recently completed his doctor of education in policy, management and evaluation at the University of Pennsylvania, and was vice president for the Center for Customized and Continuing Education at Ridgewater College (Minn.), for the past three years.

As dean of undergraduate studies, Thomas provides administrative oversight of undergraduate academic programs, curriculum development, including the revision of the general education program, learning outcomes assessment and program review, and plays an important role in the College’s campus-wide retention efforts.

Thomas comes to Albright from Caldwell College (N.J.), where he served as associate dean for academic affairs since 2003. Prior to Caldwell, Thomas was assistant dean for research and special projects and an associate professor of English at Pace University, director of a master’s program in English at Sam Houston State University, and director of technical writing at Rutgers University.


Breaking Ground: Albright Celebrates the College’s
Planned New Science Center

With hard hats on and shovels in hand, President Lex McMillan (fourth from left), campaign co-chairs Sue Perrotty
’75 and Andrew Maier, faculty and students break ground for the new Science Center.

The Albright College Board of Trustees hosted a ceremonial groundbreaking for the College’s planned new Science Center in October.

This celebratory event was timed to coincide with the fall meeting of the Albright Board of Trustees, whose members have provided a substantial portion of the funds raised for the facility so far. Construction is expected to begin in early 2008.

The new Science Center will include construction of a four-story addition to the existing Merner-Pfeiffer Hall of Science and renovation of the original historic building, constructed in 1929 and added to and renovated in 1965.

The complex will include 41,635 square feet of new state-of-the-art space added to the 37,019 square feet of renovated space, for a total of 78,654 square feet. The new construction will wrap the west and north sides of the 1965 addition to the original Science Hall. Construction costs are currently estimated at $27 million.

Construction will take approximately 28 months.

Architects for the project are Lord, Aeck and Sargent of Atlanta. Pre-construction services have been provided by Wohlsen Construction Company of Lancaster.

The new building will facilitate Albright’s hallmark ability to allow students to combine fields of learning to create an individualized education. Faculty also work collaboratively crossing disciplines and sharing instrumentation, and conducting collaborative research with students.

“Science at Albright has been one of the College’s pillars of excellence for a century and a half,” President Lex McMillan said, “and Albright has produced more than 1,000 physicians, researchers and teachers in the sciences. Our new facility will support not only 21st century science, but the interdisciplinary teaching and learning of science that is a way of life at Albright. We have outstanding faculty, and instrumentation that exceeds many of our peers. Now we will have the kind of facility that will be commensurate with the high quality of our faculty, our program, and the sophisticated equipment which our students use.

“We are grateful for the magnificent support from our trustees for the Science Center, and the leadership of Sue Perrotty ’75 and Andy Maier for making this much needed facility a reality,” McMillan said. Trustees Perrotty and Maier, both of Reading, co-chaired Crossing Boundaries: The Campaign for Albright and the Berks County Capital Campaign for the Science Center.

Albright offers the following science programs: biology, biotechnology, chemistry, biochemistry, physics, optics, psychobiology, environmental science, environmental chemistry and environmental studies, and pre-professional programs in pre-medicine, pre-dentistry and pre-veterinary medicine.

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