It is a great pleasure to announce that, following a national search, Dr. Sarolta Takács has accepted the position of Dean of the Division of Humanities and Social Sciences, effective Sunday, July 1, 2018, pending Board of Trustees approval. She will also hold appointment as a tenured Professor in the Department of History.

Since 2015, Dr. Takács has served as Director of the Modern Greek Studies Program at Rutgers University, where she has held faculty and administrative appointments since 2001. From 2006 to 2010, she served as Founding Dean of that institution’s School of Arts and Sciences Honors Program, and—while on leave of absence from Rutgers from 2010 to 2012—served as Dean of Sage College of Albany. Prior to moving to Rutgers, she served as Academic Dean of John Winthrop House, as well as Associate Professor of Classics at Harvard University.

A widely known and respected scholar in the fields of Roman and Byzantine history, Dr. Takács has published three books (Isis and Sarapis in the Roman World (1995); Vestal Virgins, Sibyls, and Matrons: Roman Women in Religion (2008); and The Construction of Authority in Ancient Rome and Byzantium: The Rhetoric of Empire (2009, 2012), as well as numerous book chapters and articles in refereed journals.  She currently serves as General Editor for the prestigious monograph series, Roman Studies: Interdisciplinary Approaches (Lexington Books, Rowman & Littlefield) and previously The Ancient World and The Modern World (M. E. Sharpe, Inc.). She has held fellowships from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Harvard University’s Center for Hellenic Studies, and the Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis.

Dr. Takács holds her B A in Classics from the University of California, Irvine, and her MA and Ph.D in History from the University of California, Los Angeles. She has also studied at the Universität Heidelberg and the Freie Universität Berlin.

In making this announcement, I want to extend sincere thanks to the members of the Dean search committee for their excellent work in bringing this search to successful conclusion: Co-chairs Vivian Incera and David Gerstner, Comfort Asanbe, John Dixon, Ismael Garcia Colon, Jane Marcus Delgado, Gerry Milligan, Steve Monte, Ruth Powers Silverberg, Mark White, Siona Wilson, Jennifer Durando, and student member Jessica Lin.

I am sure that you join me in warmly welcoming Dr. Sarolta Takács to the College of Staten Island, and wishing her great success as the new Dean of the Division of Humanities and Social Sciences.