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Administrative Director of
College Houses: Dr. Delauter

Dr. Leslie J. Delauter, the House Dean of Harnwell College House, has been selected to be the administrative director of College Houses. This summer, she will join Dr. Philip Nichols, the newly appointed faculty director of College Houses, in providing leadership and oversight to central CHAS staff and the House Deans. Dr. Delauter and Dr. Nichols will work closely with the Residential Faculty Council, chaired by Dr. Mark Liberman, and Deputy Provost Peter Conn.

Dr. Delauter, one of the founders of the College House program which began in 1998, came to Penn after earning her Ph.D. at U.C. Berkeley in 19th century American Literature. She taught at both Berkeley and Swarthmore College before coming to Penn, where she did curatorial work in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library of Van Pelt before becoming a House Dean. At Harnwell, Dr. Delauter "dedicated countless hours to the enrichment of a large and diverse community." She established a series of performing arts programs that showcased faculty and student talent as well as professional musicians such as the California Guitar Trio, the Cassatt Quartet, and Peache Jarman. Dr. Delauter has been the principal academic advisor for nearly 40 students while hiring, training and managing a team of 28 RAs, GAs and managers. Her greatest achievements, she notes, have been "learning as many of the names as possible" of her 730 student neighbors and the creation of an "organic community, one that will perpetuate itself" long after she leaves.

"Leslie brings enormous talent and experience to this position," said Dr. Conn. "I have been consistently impressed with her creativity, enthusiasm, and leadership. She brings a wealth of ideas on how we can enhance the College Houses in the years ahead."

Almanac, Vol. 48, No. 32, April 30, 2002


April 30, 2002
Volume 48 Number 32

School of Social Work selects three recipients for Excellence in Teaching Awards.
Robin Beck will succeed Jim O'Donnell at ISC when he leaves for Georgetown.
Virginia Clark leaves Penn for a newly created post at the Smithsonian.
Penn's Chaplain denounces hate speech.
The Bridge: Cinema De Lux comes to 40th and Walnut.
The Museum is preparing to open its new wing and courtyard to the community with several celebrations, tours and a new exhibition.
Retirement seminars for investors of all ages and at all stages of planning.
Procedures for the establishment, merger, and closing of departments, divisions and entities within schools.