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Washington and Lee Appoints Two New Deans to the College

Alison Bell
Alison Bell
Wendy Price
Wendy Price
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Washington and Lee University has appointed two new deans in the College:

  • Alison Bell, associate professor of anthropology and archaeology, has been named to a four-year term as associate dean of the College for student academic affairs. Her appointment is effective July 1.
  • Wendy Price, Historic New England team leader in historic preservation, has been named assistant dean of the College. Her appointment is effective Aug. 2.

Dean of the College Hank Dobin announced the two new appointments who succeed Elizabeth Knapp and Janet Ikeda in the positions. Both Knapp and Ikeda are completing four-year terms and will have a year's sabbatical before returning to the faculty.

"I want to thank Elizabeth and Janet for the wonderful jobs they both have done for the past four years, and for their inspiring and tireless devotion to our students, faculty and staff colleagues, and the institution itself," said Dobin.

"At the same time, I am pleased to welcome Alison and Wendy to these positions," he said. "Alison brings special qualification to her role in working with student academic affairs since she is an alumna of W&L. Wendy brings extensive experience in managing facilities, budgets, and staff at her current position with Historic New England while also being very familiar with higher education as a former member of the faculty at the University of Mary Washington."

Bell received her B.A. from W&L with double majors in anthropology/archaeology and English. She earned the M.A. in anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley, and the Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Virginia. Before return to her alma mater as an assistant professor in 2002, she taught anthropology at the State University of New York, College at Oneota. In addition to teaching a variety of anthropology and archaeology courses, several with a focus on issues of race and class, Bell has developed a remarkable relationship with Monticello where students in the spring on field techniques in archaeology are excavating the house site of Jefferson's overseer, Edmund Bacon.

Price earned a B.A. in history from Southern Methodist University, a law degree from Duke University, and a master of historic preservation degree from the University of Georgia. After practicing law for several years, she joined the faculty at the University of Mary Washington as an assistant professor of historic preservation in 1996, where she spent nine years. In 2005, she accepted a senior-level management position with Historic New England, the oldest and largest regional preservation organization in the United States. Historic New England is based in Boston. She supervised a staff team and historic preservation programs focusing on privately-owned properties in the New England region. Her current management responsibilities include team leadership and development, strategic and annual planning, budgets, and program administration.