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August 17 2012

Board of Trustees Announces Appointment of Interim President Dr. Scott Colley

The Board of Trustees of Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts has appointed Dr. Scott Colley as Interim President.  Dr Colley will begin his Interim Presidency on August 20, 2012.

This week, President Debra Petke announced her retirement as third President of the college. President Petke commented; “I have been proud to serve such an exceptional institution. Thank you to the board, staff and students of the College for their support during these past five years. It has been a wonderful experience.”

Chairman Diana Atwood Johnson, representing the entire Board of Trustees, thanked President Petke for her five years of work on behalf of the college through her entire tenure as President. She has brought a passion for the mission, the community and the students that was evident to all who knew her.”

Dr Colley is President Emeritus of Berry College, Mount Berry, Georgia, where he served as President from 1998-2006. He led the college during a successful $100 million campaign. He was Provost and dean of the faculty at Hampden-Sydney College from 1988-1998 and was a faculty member at Vanderbilt University for 20 years serving as faculty member, associate dean of the college and chair of the department of English. He currently is a faculty member in the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies Program at the University of Virginia.  Earlier, he served as Interim President of Lees-McCrae College in North Carolina.

Dr. Colley received his Bachelor’s degree from Randolph-Macon and his Master of Arts and his Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Chicago. He received the Leadership Award from Berry College’s Chapter of Omicron Delta Kappa, Vanderbilt’s Madison Sarratt Award for Excellence in Teaching, and Hampden-Sydney’s Keating Medal for Leadership.

At Berry College, Dr. Colley developed and implemented the 2002-2012 Strategic Plan; prepared for and launched a successful $100 million Century Campaign; expanded services for and support of Berry Alumni including a new Alumni Center; oversaw construction of a $25 million dollar science center; restored the historic Ford Complex, including classrooms and student residences; opened a new building for the school of education; worked with the faculty on establishing a Faculty Assembly, a new departmental chair system, instituted a sabbatical system and increased support for faculty research, teaching and scholarship; increased international learning initiatives; and created the Bonner Center for Volunteer Community Service.

Dr Colley has taught Shakespeare and English Renaissance Drama, introductory and advanced literature courses, humanities and composition. He has served on the Georgia Council on Economic Education, the Governing Commission of Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, moderated at the Aspen Institute and was President of the Association of Georgia College and University Presidents.

Board Chairman, Diana Atwood Johnson observed; “Dr. Colley’s strong academic credentials in teaching, scholarship and administration, along with his expertise in the liberal arts, perfectly situates him to lead the college. Dr. Colley will guide the entire college community as we make important strides toward regional and national prominence as an institute of higher learning rooted in the traditions and disciplines of figurative and representational art.”

Further, Chairman Johnson said that “the Lyme Academy College Board looks to Dr. Colley to lead the college in the achievement of significant growth and financial stability; to accelerate the transition and evolution of the school from an academy to a college while preserving its institutional heritage; to expand enrollments in the new era of campus residences; to prioritize the achievement of financial stability; to commit to the strengthening of the liberal arts component of the curriculum; to work with the Board to develop realistic plans to maximize institutional effectiveness and to capitalize on the commitment and dedication of the Board, staff, faculty and donors. 

In this announcement to the college community, Dr. Colley remarked; “It is an honor to be able to serve the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts as interim president and to work with students and alumni, faculty and staff members, and the trustees and friends of this wonderful college.  I look forward to joining the community and getting down to the tasks at hand.”

Lyme Academy College was founded by noted sculptor Elisabeth Gordon Chandler, as the Lyme Academy of Fine Arts in 1976, in Old Lyme, CT. It is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and offers degrees in Painting, Drawing Sculpture and Illustration.

The mission of Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts is to educate aspiring artists through a rigorous studio curriculum rooted in figurative and representational art. The College offers a comprehensive liberal arts education essential for advanced critical and creative thought. The program reflects a deep respect for both traditional and innovative forms of teaching and provides an unrivalled foundation for developing unique visual expressions. Upon completion of their studies, students will be equipped not only to articulate their culture, but also to give it shape and substance.

The Board of Trustees of Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts has appointed Dr. Scott Colley as Interim President.  Dr Colley will begin his Interim Presidency on August 20, 2012.

This week, President Debra Petke announced her retirement as third President of the college. President Petke commented; “I have been proud to serve such an exceptional institution. Thank you to the board, staff and students of the College for their support during these past five years. It has been a wonderful experience.”

Chairman Diana Atwood Johnson, representing the entire Board of Trustees, thanked President Petke for her five years of work on behalf of the college through her entire tenure as President. She has brought a passion for the mission, the community and the students that was evident to all who knew her.”

Dr Colley is President Emeritus of Berry College, Mount Berry, Georgia, where he served as President from 1998-2006. He led the college during a successful $100 million campaign. He was Provost and dean of the faculty at Hampden-Sydney College from 1988-1998 and was a faculty member at Vanderbilt University for 20 years serving as faculty member, associate dean of the college and chair of the department of English. He currently is a faculty member in the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies Program at the University of Virginia.  Earlier, he served as Interim President of Lees-McCrae College in North Carolina.

Dr. Colley received his Bachelor’s degree from Randolph-Macon and his Master of Arts and his Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Chicago. He received the Leadership Award from Berry College’s Chapter of Omicron Delta Kappa, Vanderbilt’s Madison Sarratt Award for Excellence in Teaching, and Hampden-Sydney’s Keating Medal for Leadership.

At Berry College, Dr. Colley developed and implemented the 2002-2012 Strategic Plan; prepared for and launched a successful $100 million Century Campaign; expanded services for and support of Berry Alumni including a new Alumni Center; oversaw construction of a $25 million dollar science center; restored the historic Ford Complex, including classrooms and student residences; opened a new building for the school of education; worked with the faculty on establishing a Faculty Assembly, a new departmental chair system, instituted a sabbatical system and increased support for faculty research, teaching and scholarship; increased international learning initiatives; and created the Bonner Center for Volunteer Community Service.

Dr Colley has taught Shakespeare and English Renaissance Drama, introductory and advanced literature courses, humanities and composition. He has served on the Georgia Council on Economic Education, the Governing Commission of Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, moderated at the Aspen Institute and was President of the Association of Georgia College and University Presidents.

Board Chairman, Diana Atwood Johnson observed; “Dr. Colley’s strong academic credentials in teaching, scholarship and administration, along with his expertise in the liberal arts, perfectly situates him to lead the college. Dr. Colley will guide the entire college community as we make important strides toward regional and national prominence as an institute of higher learning rooted in the traditions and disciplines of figurative and representational art.”

Further, Chairman Johnson said that “the Lyme Academy College Board looks to Dr. Colley to lead the college in the achievement of significant growth and financial stability; to accelerate the transition and evolution of the school from an academy to a college while preserving its institutional heritage; to expand enrollments in the new era of campus residences; to prioritize the achievement of financial stability; to commit to the strengthening of the liberal arts component of the curriculum; to work with the Board to develop realistic plans to maximize institutional effectiveness and to capitalize on the commitment and dedication of the Board, staff, faculty and donors. 

In this announcement to the college community, Dr. Colley remarked; “It is an honor to be able to serve the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts as interim president and to work with students and alumni, faculty and staff members, and the trustees and friends of this wonderful college.  I look forward to joining the community and getting down to the tasks at hand.”

Lyme Academy College was founded by noted sculptor Elisabeth Gordon Chandler, as the Lyme Academy of Fine Arts in 1976, in Old Lyme, CT. It is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and offers degrees in Painting, Drawing Sculpture and Illustration.

The mission of Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts is to educate aspiring artists through a rigorous studio curriculum rooted in figurative and representational art. The College offers a comprehensive liberal arts education essential for advanced critical and creative thought. The program reflects a deep respect for both traditional and innovative forms of teaching and provides an unrivalled foundation for developing unique visual expressions. Upon completion of their studies, students will be equipped not only to articulate their culture, but also to give it shape and substance.

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