LU alum is new Coe dean

New Coe Dean Marc Roy &82
Alex Lindgren-Gibson

New Coe Dean Marc Roy &82

Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa has named Lawrence alumnus Marc Roy ‘82 as the new vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty effective July 1, 2002 its new Associate Dean of the College. Roy graduated from Lawrence with a B.A. in Biology. “I am honored to be joining the Coe College community,” said Roy. “Coe has a long tradition of academic excellence and is entering a new and exciting future. It will be a privilege to work with the faculty, staff and students at the college.”

As dean, he will be “second-in-command” to the president as well as the leader of the faculty. and will be in charge of writing grants and distributing money to the various departments. In addition to working with the faculty, he will help students with academic problems.

After graduating from Lawrence, Roy did his graduate work at the University of Wisconsin, where he obtained a Ph.D. in biology. He has worked at Beloit College since 1990 as a tenured professor of biology and as an assistant dean. Roy hopes to continue teaching biology at Coe in addition to his administrative duties. He will take his new position July 1, 2002.

“In assuming the deanship at Coe, Marc brings enormous strengths to the task,” said Coe College President James Phifer. “He has produced a body of first-rate scholarly work and demonstrated a mastery of the art of teaching. As well, his career reveals a long standing belief in and commitment to the value of a liberal arts education. As associate dean of the college at Beloit College, Marc earned a reputation for leadership on academic issues, fairness, and an ability to build consensus. He will be an outstanding addition to the Coe community.”

Roy, 41, has served as associate dean of the college at Beloit since 1998. In that capacity, he has primarily directed interdisciplinary study programs, faculty development and student research programs. Roy is also a professor of biology at Beloit, where he was named Teacher of the Year in 1995.

Prior to 1995, Roy served as a visiting professor at the University of Chicago and as an assistant professor of biology at Beloit.

Roy’s research interests are in neuroscience and behavior. He is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Animal Behavior Society and the Association of College and University Biology Educators, among other professional affiliations.

His wife, Joan, holds an M.S. in physiological psychology from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and has served as an adjunct professor in Beloit’s psychology department since 1989.

The couple has three children: Steven, Jacob and Michael.