by Saimah Shareef and Jessica Cerda
NEWS EDITOR AND STAFF WRITER
Benedictine University appointed Dr. Maria de la Cámara, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, as the interim provost starting June 1st of this year. She has been at Benedictine for seven years as the Dean for the College of Liberal Arts.
Dr. de la Cámara will take over for Dr. Donald Taylor who will be resigning in his role as provost and has accepted a new role as the eighth president of Cabrini College.
“For the past 22 years, Benedictine University has been a part of my family, and the institution has afforded me the opportunity to grow professionally and personally,” said Taylor.
“I want to thank President Carroll, the faculty and staff, senior administration, deans, trustees, alumni, and monks of St. Procopius Abbey for your friendship and support during my time at Benedictine. It has been an honor and privilege to serve alongside you,” stated Taylor on the BenU website.
As the interim provost, Dr. de la Cámara will be the chief academic officer for the university. The provost is responsible for the creation and implementation of the academic priorities. The provost partners with faculty and staff to provide quality education for undergraduate and graduate students. Another important responsibility that the provost has is to recruit a diverse faculty that will help the university achieve academic excellence.
Dr. William Carroll, President of BenU, said before the decision was made he spoke with many people at Benedictine and the community.
“I made the decision based on Dr. de la Cámara’s experience and what I considered to be the person with the best fit for the job at this time,” said Dr. Carroll.
Dr. Carroll said Dr. de la Cámara was the perfect candidate for the position because she is well respected by entire BenU community.
“She knows Benedictine and Benedictine knows her, added Dr. Carroll.
In the new position as interim provost, Dr. de la Cámara says she will “continue the good work that Dr. Taylor has done.”
“I fell honored to have the opportunity to serve the university in this new capacity,” said Dr. de la Cámara. “I have enjoyed working with the faculty, students and staff in the College of Liberal Arts. I am continuously impressed by their accomplishments and the many contributions they make to the life of the university as a whole,” added Dr. de la Cámara.
“I will miss the close interaction with the College of Liberal Arts faculty and students. I still hope to be able to support their initiatives and events, as well as those of the other colleges as much as possible,” said Dr. de la Cámara in no longer being the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts.