Sage Names Renowned Talent to Academic Leaders

January 27, 2010 at 12:00 pm

Sage Names New Dean of Sage College of Albany

Sarolta Anna Takacs, Ph.D. has accepted an appointment as dean of the coeducational Sage College of Albany. Takacs (pronounced Tahkas) is coming to Sage from Rutgers University, where she is founding dean of the School of Arts and Sciences (SAS) Honors Program and a distinguished researcher.

Sage conducted a thorough national search during which many distinguished candidates were considered for the position. Takacs received positive reviews by faculty, staff, and administrators who met with her during both confidential and then public visits to Sage. She will join Sage July 1, 2010.

Sage president Susan C. Scrimshaw, Ph.D., said, "It speaks very highly for Sage and for our future that we have attracted someone with her national standing and experience to this position."

Prior to Rutgers, Takacs was at Harvard University as academic dean of John Winthrop House and a faculty member in the Department of the Classics. She has lectured at the University of Oregon and the University of California, Los Angeles, where she earned her Ph.D. in History. She holds a M.A. in History from the same institution and a B.A. in Classics from the University of California at Irvine. She also attended the Free University Berlin and University of Heidelberg and received her Matura (Ancient Greek and Latin) at the St. Michel College in Fribourg, Switzerland.

At Rutgers, Takacs was involved in the creation of the first living-learning community program, the Discovery Houses, which focus on Business, Health and Medicine, Law and Leadership, and Psychology. She helped develop national and international internships and worked on new programs in Greece and Turkey.

As dean, she provides opportunities for students to create interdisciplinary educational experiences based on integrative learning a key precept of a Sage College of Albany education, which is based around a new Innovation Thinking (known as i.Think) core curriculum.

It is with delight and anticipation that I look forward to joining the Sage community this coming academic year, Takacs said. When I talked to faculty, staff, and students, I found an incredible dedication and focused desire to creatively think about academic issues and curricular changes. This is what the 21st century demands from us: a readiness to be creative and think beyond the established.

Sage Appoints First Provost

Dr. Takacs will take the position currently occupied by interim dean Terry S. Weiner, Ph.D., who in a parallel move, is being appointed to the position of provost of The Sage Colleges, also effective July 1.

Sage is moving to a provost model when current vice president for academic affairs Sally Lawrence retires in June. Weiner has agreed to help create the provost position and serve for three years in the position as Sage prepares for a national search for a permanent provost.

A provost is the colleges second in command and is responsible for the institution when the president is not available. The provost will serve as chief academic officer and work collaboratively with faculty, department chairs, and deans to implement Sages strategic plan, including a redesign of the curriculum. The deans of each of the Sage colleges Russell Sage College in Troy, Sage College of Albany, and the Sage Graduate Schools of Education, Health Sciences, and Management will report to the provost.

Weiner came to Sage from Union College one year ago, where he was the Chauncey H. Winters Professor of Comparative Social Analysis in the Department of Political Science. He has extensive administrative experience, having served as special assistant to the president at Union College as well as chair of the Political Science Department for seven years. He also served as acting dean of arts and sciences, acting dean of faculty, associate dean of faculty, chair of the Division of Social Sciences, and chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology for eight years.

Weiner received his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of North Carolina, where he also received his M.A. He received his B.A. in Sociology and Secondary Education from the University of Illinois, Chicago.

Upon accepting his appointment as provost, Weiner said, I am committed to working with the faculty, the administrative team, alumni and students to help us restore Sage to its rightful place among Americas leading institutions of higher education.