Tenured Biology Professor Named Dean of Faculty at College of the Holy Cross

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Massachusetts’ College of the Holy Cross has appointed Dr. Madeline Vargas as dean of the faculty.

Dr. Madeline Vargas

A tenured professor of microbiology in the Department of Biology, Vargas has been at Holy Cross since 1995. While at Holy Cross, she has served in various roles. She has been a member of the Strategic Planning Working Group on the Liberal Arts; a faculty representative to the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee of the board of trustees; a member of the Common Requirements Steering Committee from 2018–2020; and chair of the Committee on Faculty Scholarship and the Committee on Nominations and Elections. She is also a member of the Massachusetts Women of Color Coalition.

“This past year has been challenging for our Holy Cross community. In a short span of time, faculty had to extensively revise their teaching to remote learning, make difficult choices about their scholarship plans and increase service to the College to meet these unprecedented challenges,” she said. “I’m proud of the resilience exhibited by all facets of our community. I look forward to serving the College in my new role and assisting faculty in their endeavors to better support our students.”