Williams College turns inward to find new dean

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WILLIAMSTOWN — Williams College has turned inward to find a successor to Sarah Bolton, dean of the college, who is taking over as president of The College of Wooster in July.

Ironically, the new dean has to move to Williamstown from England to take the post.

Marlene Sandstrom, Hales Professor of Psychology and last year's director of the Williams-Exeter Programme at Oxford, has been named as the new dean of the college. She has been part of the Williams faculty since 1999, when she started work as assistant professor.

"I'm delighted to report that, after consultation with the Faculty Steering Committee, I have asked Marlene Sandstrom, Hales Professor of Psychology and last year's director of the Williams-Exeter Programme at Oxford, to serve as dean of the college, and she has accepted," wrote Williams College President Adam Falk in a letter to the college community announcing the hire. "Marlene brings to the dean's office deeply relevant experience serving the college and its students in academic and administrative capacities."

Falk noted that in leading the program at Oxford, England, where she shares the two-year directorship with her husband and psychology colleague Noah Sandstrom, she was the primary academic and personal adviser to 26 juniors and as tutor for visiting students at Exeter College.

Since joining Williams in 1999, Sandstrom has served on and chaired several committees, including the Honor Committee, the Committee on Academic Standing, the Committee on Undergraduate Life, and the Institutional Review Board. And Sandstrom's research has been supported by the National Science Foundation and focuses on issues concerning relationships among children, including adjustment, coping, aggression, bullying, and bystander behavior in the school context.

Sandstrom earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from Yale University and did her graduate work at Duke, serving as an instructor and an assistant clinical professor there until she came to Williams. She was named associate professor at Williams in 2004, and a full professor in 2010.


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