Champlain College Names Three Interim Deans

Champlain College will welcome three interim deans this summer to its divisions of Education and Human Studies (EHS), Information Technology and Sciences (ITS), and Communication and Creative Media (CCM). The interim deans will lead the three divisions while the College seeks permanent replacements for the positions, according to Champlain College Provost and Chief Academic Officer Robin Abramson.

"These interim deans bring with them a wealth of knowledge and experience in their fields," said Abramson, adding, "These experienced educators will provide leadership in their respective academics units during this period of transition," she said.

The Champlain College interim deans are:

  • James Garofalo, who will lead EHS, spent 25 years as the Dean of the School of Education at Aquinas College in Michigan. He was the founding Academic Vice President of American University in Nigeria, where he served in the Peace Corp as a young man. Most recently, Garofalo served as interim Dean of the School of Education at SUNY-Geneseo.
  • Robert Marino, who will lead ITS, retired after eight years as the President of the American University of Rome and was on the faculty and served as acting Dean at Hunter College, City University of New York for 32 years. Most recently Marino served as interim Dean of the College of Natural Sciences and Human and Health Sciences at California State University, Stanislaus.
  • William Richardson who will lead CCM, retired as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Antioch University, Santa Barbara, California. He was Dean of the College of Humanities and Fine Arts at Coastal Carolina University, South Carolina, for four years and was on the faculty and worked as Director of the Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences Program at the University of Washington, Tacoma for 16 years.

This spring, longtime Champlain College EHS Dean Sue Rowley retired after 22 years at Champlain; former ITS Dean Ali Rafieymehr was named Dean at the University of New Hampshire at Manchester; and former CCM Dean Jeff Rutenbeck was named Dean at American University's School of Communication in Washington, D.C.


Founded in 1878, Champlain College is a small, not-for-profit, private college in Burlington, Vermont, with additional campuses in Montreal, Canada, and Dublin, Ireland. Champlain offers a traditional undergraduate experience from its beautiful campus overlooking Lake Champlain and over 90 residential undergraduate and online undergraduate and graduate degree programs and certificates. Champlain's distinctive career-driven approach to higher education embodies the notion that true learning occurs when information and experience come together to create knowledge. Champlain College is included in the Princeton Review's The Best 384 Colleges: 2019 Edition. For the fourth year in a row, Champlain was named a "Most Innovative School" in the North by U.S. News & World Report's 2019 "America's Best Colleges,” and a “Best Value School” and is ranked in the top 100 “Regional Universities of the North” and in the top 25 for “Best Undergraduate Teaching.” Champlain is also featured in the Fiske Guide to Colleges for 2019 as one of the "best and most interesting schools" in the United States, Canada and Great Britain and is a 2019 College of Distinction. For more information, visit champlain.edu.