John Gatta has announced his decision to step down as Dean of the College. Dean Gatta will have held this position for seven years when he concludes his service on June 30, 2014. He will then return to the faculty, following a leave of absence.
In his letter to Vice-Chancellor John McCardell, Gatta wrote, “I’ve found the job to be satisfying and rewarding, but at this stage of my life, recognizing that nothing we do in life is permanent, I’ve come to feel that the seven-year period I will have served as dean is, quite simply, long enough for me. I also feel privileged that I might now for a time—as a faculty member—continue to contribute to Sewanee’s educational mission.”
McCardell said, “As Dean of the College, John Gatta has served with distinction. He has helped to nurture and build a faculty of exceptional quality and has played a leadership role in strengthening the College curriculum. His commitment to ensuring the academic quality of everything we do has been exemplary. I am delighted that this model teacher/scholar will continue to serve on our faculty.”
Provost John Swallow will chair a search committee to advise McCardell on the appointment of Gatta’s successor.