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Morris Begins Tenure as SLU President

Kathryn A. (Kate) Morris assumed the presidency of St. Lawrence University on July 1, following the retirement of Bill Fox, who led the university for 12 years. President Morris,  the 19th president of St. Lawrence, has dedicated her life to higher education and chose to become a professor because she understood the impact of teaching and mentoring on students’ lives. She arrived at St. Lawrence following a distinguished career at Butler University, where she most recently served as the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs for eight years. Prior to her time as provost, President Morris served as a professor of psychology and was chair of that department at Butler. Her areas of expertise include social psychology, the psychology of gender, methodology, and statistics.

Register now for NY6 Dept. Chairs Workshop

Registration is open for the May 24-25 NY6 Department Chairs Virtual Workshop, which will run from 3:00-5:00 pm each day. Over the course of the two afternoons, there will be presentations and group discussions touching on these topics:  

  • Department Chair Basics: What Experienced Chairs Wished They Had Known
  • Fostering an Inclusive Department
  • Establishing Departmental Norms and Procedures 
  • Managing Difficult Conversations and Departmental Conflict

As in previous years, the event is organized with an eye to the immediate challenges faced by incoming department chairs, but all interested department chairs are welcome to attend. There will be frequent opportunities over the course of the different sessions to engage in small-group discussions and to ask whatever questions faculty may have prior to taking on a new leadership role.

The event is an excellent opportunity to meet fellow colleagues, establish a network of support, and benefit from the perspectives and years of experience accrued by faculty and administrators who will be participating as presenters and facilitators. To register for the event, please click here

NY6 Presidents Issue Statement on Chauvin Verdict

The presidents of the New York Six Liberal Arts Consortium member institutions have issued a statement following the verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial in Minnesota. The statement reads:

Today, a jury convicted former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin of murder in the May 25, 2020 killing of George Floyd. 

Like communities across the nation, our campuses have been roiled by Mr. Floyd’s murder and by the violence inflicted upon people of color in incidents that are far too frequent. The recent deaths of Daunte Wright in Minneapolis and Adam Toledo in Chicago remind us that much work remains to be done to end systemic racism and racialized policing.  

We call upon all members of our communities to commit themselves to justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion on campus and in everything we do, everywhere we go. Our actions cannot bring back lives that have been tragically and violently cut short, and cannot ease the suffering of grieving families. But taking determined action against racism and injustice is the only way we will prevent these killings from happening in the future and begin to heal as a nation.  

Each of our schools will provide opportunities for discussions about the Chauvin case in the coming days, and many resources are available to members of our campus communities who need support. Join us in this critically important work.


 Brian W. Casey, Colgate University

David Wippman, Hamilton College

Joyce P. Jacobsen, Hobart and William Smith Colleges

William L. Fox, St. Lawrence University

Marc C. Conner, Skidmore College

David R. Harris, Union College