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Sue Beatty, dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, to leave PSU for provost position
Author: Suzanne Pardington, University Communications
Posted: April 10, 2014

Sue Beatty, dean of Portland State University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, has accepted a position as provost at The Sage Colleges in New York.

Beatty has led the largest of PSU’s seven schools and colleges since January 2012, overseeing 25 departments across the natural and social sciences, arts and letters. As provost at The Sage Colleges, she will be second in command and chief academic officer for a group of small private liberal arts campuses with 3,000 students in Troy and Albany, New York. The campuses are close to Beatty’s long-term geography research site at the Huyck Preserve, where she has collected field data every summer for 38 years.

“It has been truly been a pleasure to work with Dean Beatty,” said Sona Andrews, PSU’s provost and vice president for Academic Affairs. “Under her leadership, the College created a participatory strategic plan, raised funding for student scholarships, promoted cross-disciplinary teaching, and developed a process to recognize faculty contributions. Students and faculty at PSU will benefit from her hard work long after she leaves.”

New programs under Beatty’s leadership include majors in Judaic Studies and Conflict Resolution, minors in Chicano/Latino Studies and Elementary Science Education, three online interdisciplinary majors and three online minors. She is also working to establish the School of Gender, Race and Nations, a proposed new school that would integrate expertise and perspectives from Black Studies; Chicano-Latino Studies; Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies; and Indigenous Nations Studies. Beatty also enhanced PSU’s partnership with Oregon Health & Science University though the support of a new a new tenure-track faculty position in Chemistry/Biology and moving of laboratories to the new Collaborative Life Sciences Building. In the past 18 months, the College has started 18 new student scholarships and awards, including the “CLAS Last Mile Scholarship” to help students finish their last course or term and graduate and the “CLAS Dean’s Scholarship,” which Beatty personally endowed.  

Beatty will leave PSU at the end of June and join The Sage Colleges on Aug. 1. Prior to coming to PSU, Beatty served as associate dean of natural sciences and chair of the geography department at the University of Colorado, Boulder and a faculty member at the University of California, Los Angeles. 

“I love being at PSU, and I will truly miss being a part of the incredible work that will come to fruition in the next few years,” Beatty said. “But the opportunity to be closer to my research sites and to move into a Provost position is an exciting combination for me.”