Linda Slakey Appointed Interim Dean of Commonwealth College at UMass Amherst

AMHERST, Mass. - Linda Slakey, dean of the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at the University of Massachusetts, has been appointed interim dean of Commonwealth College. Cora B. Marrett, senior vice chancellor for academic affairs and provost, made the announcement. Slakey''s appointment is for three years and takes effect Sept. 1.

Marrett described Slakey as a "proven and well-respected" administrator. "I am confident she will guide Commonwealth College toward further excellence."

Slakey described her appointment as dean of the University''s honors college as a "very exciting opportunity and as a natural continuation of my many years of commitment to undergraduate education and especially to the integration of research with the undergraduate experience."

Slakey was named dean of the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics in 1993. Prior to that, she chaired the department of biochemistry and molecular biology from 1986-91. She was named professor of biochemistry in 1987. Slakey joined the University faculty in 1973.

She received her bachelor of science degree in chemistry from Siena Heights University in 1962, and earned a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Michigan in 1967.

Slakey replaces Linda Nolan, who was recently named a 2000-01 American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow.