Roanoke College Dean John Day accepts position at John Carroll University

Day has been vice president and dean of the college for six years.

Salem, VA - Dr. John Day, vice president and dean of Roanoke College, is leaving Roanoke College after six years as its chief academic officer. Day has accepted the position of academic vice president at John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio. He will complete the academic year at Roanoke and plans to start at John Carroll in the summer. Over the next few weeks, President Michael Creed Maxey will meet with faculty and staff leadership to discuss a successor for Day.

"For over a year I have been exploring the possibility of moving to a college or university of my own faith tradition," Day said. "For the next stage of my career, I believe I am called to make a contribution to Catholic higher education. John Carroll is one of the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States. I was educated at Holy Cross, also a Jesuit school, and this is an opportunity to reconnect directly with that educational tradition."

The Roanoke College president views the move with mixed emotions. "I'm glad John has found a position that closely connects with his faith, although he will be missed," Maxey said. "I thank him for his hard work on behalf of the College. John has made an important mark here."

Day earned a master's degree and Ph.D. in English and American literature and language from Harvard University. He holds a bachelor's degree from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass. Prior to coming to Roanoke, he served as the assistant vice president for academic affairs at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn.

Day came to Roanoke as vice president and dean of the college in 2002. Since then, he worked closely with the chairs of the academic departments to strengthen the faculty and increase its diversity through 45 tenure-track searches conducted in the last six years. In addition, he helped to increase faculty salaries.

During his time at Roanoke, Day added a new position of director of writing to the new Goode-Pasfield Center for Learning & Teaching and supported efforts to improve orientation for first-year students. The dean's office supported the professional development of individual faculty members by increasing funds for faculty development. He revived the annual publication Teacher Scholar, which highlights faculty professional achievement. Day expanded opportunities for student and faculty research.

Day collaborated with Hollins University's provost on faculty appointments to make study of Japanese, Chinese, and Arabic available to students on both campuses. He initiated a more intentional partnership with student affairs to coordinate curricular and co-curricular learning. Day was in regular attendance at a full array of campus events throughout his tenure as Roanoke's chief academic officer.

Day was elected as an honorary member of Roanoke's Nu of Virginia chapter of Phi Beta Kappa in 2004.

Released: April 9, 2008
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