New Provost Bring Experience, Enthusiasm to Rosemont

Posted: September 16, 2011

June 2011 - Rosemont College is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. B. Christopher Dougherty as Provost and Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs. With more than 20 years experience in higher education, Dr. Dougherty will work closely with President Sharon Latchaw Hirsh, Ph.D. ’70 to further advance the goals of Rosemont’s Strategic Plan.

“I am delighted to welcome Dr. Dougherty into our campus community,” said President Hirsh. “His broad background in undergraduate, graduate, and adult continuing education programs will fit nicely with the comprehensive nature of Rosemont’s offerings. I look forward to collaborating with him as we continue to develop academic and student programming that is both meaningful and vibrant.”

President Hirsh also noted that she would like to work with Dr. Dougherty to highlight Rosemont’s growing Schools of Graduate and Professional Studies. Graduate, accelerated undergraduate, and certificate programs for adult students have expanded steadily over the past two decades. Current offerings include counseling psychology, creative writing, publishing, business, and education.

“I am excited to have the opportunity to work with faculty who are so clearly committed to student learning,” said Dougherty of his new appointment. “Rosemont’s general education program for undergraduates promotes learning experiences both in and outside the classroom, and at the same time, the graduate and professional programs are academically excellent across an array of fields.”

Most recently, Dougherty was Associate Dean for the Faculty of Arts & Sciences and Director of the Educational Opportunity Fund Program for Rutgers University at Camden. At Rutgers since 2004, he directed program development, operations, budgeting, and teaching and learning. He previously held positions as Associate Dean for Graduate and Continuing Studies at Philadelphia University, and Assistant Director of Admissions at Pennsylvania College of Optometry. He is also a former president of the Association for Continuing Higher Education.

Dougherty completed his doctoral degree in higher education with a minor in sociology from Pennsylvania State University. He also holds a master of education science degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor of arts degree from Saint Joseph’s University. He has given numerous presentations and published articles on topics including civic engagement, adult learning, and leadership in higher education.

As Provost, Dougherty will oversee Rosemont’s academic and student services programs for the Undergraduate College and the Schools of Graduate and Professional Studies. He will serve as a key advisor to Hirsh and the Board of Trustees in these areas, and provide support for other College efforts including enrollment management, operations, and fundraising. Dougherty succeeds the interim appointment of Dr. William B. Harvey, who began his term at Rosemont in September 2010 after having served as the executive director of the International Reading Association.

Last Updated: September 16, 2011