Assumption College Names New Provost

Assumption College President Francesco Cesareo has announced that Francis Lazarus, Ph.D., president emeritus of University of Dallas, has been named provost and vice president for academic affairs at Assumption, effective June 15, 2010. Dr. Lazarus replaces Dr. Frederick Travis, who has served as interim provost at Assumption since 2008.

“Dr. Lazarus brings extensive academic leadership experience to Assumption, most recently as president of the University of Dallas,” President Cesareo said. “We are excited that our national search has brought to the Assumption community an accomplished academic leader of Dr. Lazarus’ stature at a time when our visibility is increasing beyond New England. He brings to this pivotal role on our campus more than 16 years of experience as a provost and vice president for academic affairs from his previous appointments at outstanding universities. ”

Dr. Lazarus, who led the University of Dallas from 2004 to 2009, also served as provost and vice president of academic affairs for 16 years combined at the University of San Diego and Marquette University. In addition, he was dean of the University of Dayton’s College of Arts and Sciences from 1980 to 1988, where he oversaw 18 departments and academic programs, among other responsibilities. He held teaching positions early in his career as a professor of classical literature at several colleges, including the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. A member of the Classics faculty at University of Dallas, Dr. Lazarus recently completed a research sabbatical during which he conducted scholarly projects on Latin literature and Greek archaeology.

"I am delighted to join the Assumption College community and I look forward to contributing to the College's continuing academic and institutional development,” Dr. Lazarus said. “Assumption’s strong tradition in liberal arts education and its Catholic, Assumptionist character are very attractive qualities for me. Furthermore, Assumption has a distinguished history of service to the Worcester community, to the region and especially to its students.”

A summa cum laude graduate of Canisius College, Dr. Lazarus earned a master of arts and a doctorate in Classics at Cornell University, where he concentrated in Latin and Greek, as well as Latin literature and Greek archeology. He holds a certificate from the American Academy in Rome for his work in the monuments and topography of Ancient Rome. In addition to his scholarly interests, he has published and presented widely on civic engagement, service learning, faith and mission from the perspective of an involved academic administrator. His publications also include a book he edited on the character of Jesuit education.

Dr. Lazarus and wife Carol have three children and three grandchildren.

Kimberly Dunbar, Director of Public Affairs, Assumption College @AssumptionNews