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Davis Schneiderman named Krebs provost, dean of faculty

President Schutt named Davis Schneiderman to the position of Krebs provost and dean of the faculty. Schneiderman was selected from a field of four finalists who visited campus and met with students, faculty, and staff.

The announcement was made on November 19 by President Schutt:

Dear Faculty, Students, and Staff,

The search for our next Krebs Provost and Dean of the Faculty has engaged much of the campus over the past three weeks, and I’ve been pleased that so many faculty, staff, and students have actively participated. I am also very grateful to the search committee and its fine chair, Volwiler Professor of Mathematics DeJuran Richardson, for selecting four excellent finalists for campus interviews.

After carefully weighing the candidates’ respective strengths and the College’s current needs, I decided to offer the position to Davis Schneiderman. I seriously considered whether either external finalist could serve the College better than Davis at this juncture. I ultimately concluded they could not, and I am confident that Davis is the right person to become our next Krebs Provost and Dean of the Faculty. I am very pleased that he has agreed to do so. 

Davis has gained broad and deep experience in key academic and administrative roles at the College. As a faculty member, he chaired our English Department and American Studies Program, launched our annual Literary Festival, helped develop our Print and Digital Publishing Minor, and received promotion to full professor. On the administrative side, he skillfully directed the Center for Chicago Programs, piloted the Digital Chicago grant from the Mellon Foundation, strengthened our collaborations with educational partners, facilitated beneficial changes in our summer programs, contributed to our successful HLC reaccreditation, and pursued numerous key initiatives in his role as Associate Dean for Strategy and Innovation.

Moreover, as Associate Dean for five years under Michael Orr, Davis greatly benefited from his strong mentorship. Michael recommended to me that Davis succeed him, and Davis is well prepared to do so. Throughout his service as Interim Dean this fall, he has shown a keen understanding of the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead, and he will help the College meet them creatively, imaginatively, and strategically. Davis cares deeply about his faculty and staff colleagues and will be a persuasive advocate for them. He loves our campus community and will do everything he can to nourish and advance it.

I believe Davis Schneiderman will be an exceptional faculty leader, and I am eager to work with him in the months and years to come. Please join me in congratulating him on his new appointment.


Stephen D. Schutt
Lake Forest College