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Herschbach Is Appointed Associate Dean of College

By Todd F. Braunstein

Georgene B. Herschbach, registrar of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, has been named associate dean of the College with administrative and financial oversight of all College operations, the University announced earlier this month.

As the new associate dean, Herschbach will oversee the College's budget and serve as a senior adviser to Dean of the College Harry R. Lewis '68 on educational issues and College policy.

Herschbach said she is eager to utilize her previous experiences in the new post, which she begins on July 1.

"I have pretty general skills and will be able to move into a number of different areas, and I really look forward to that," she said.

Herschbach will oversee human resources and information technology issues, particularly as they relate to the budget. Her charge also includes budgetary management of the residential facilities, including facilities maintenance and staffing issues. Herschbach will also oversee certain special projects, such as a study on the use of classroom space by the College.

Herschbach predicted that information technology may become an increasingly large part of her job. She said that the College is examining how to modify the on-line services it currently provides.

She will also be working closely with the house masters and the heads of the College's various administra- tive offices, such as the Bureau of Study Counsel and the Office of Career Services.

"Everything is tied one way or another to finances," she said. "I need to have a global view of all the College's needs, and therefore work very closely with the heads of each one of the departments, not as a supervisor but as a colleague."

The associate deanship will undergo something of a metamorphosis under Herschbach, Under Herschbach's soon-to-be predecessor, Martha G. Gefter, the job was primarily a financial one. Herschbach, on the other hand, will be a more all-around adviser.

"[Lewis] has a very large job himself, and he needs someone like me who has a lot of experience in the College," she said. "I know the academic program very, very well. I know the administrative offices. I know the houses. I can help him on all of those fronts."

Lewis said yesterday that Herschbach's broad experiences throughout the College will help her redefine the post. Before her seven-year term as registrar, Herschbach spent three years as assistant dean of the College for special programs, overseeing advanced standing and special concentrations, among others. And from 1981-1986, Herschbach and her husband, Baird Professor of Science Dudley R. Herschbach, were masters of Currier House. Georgene Herschbach also sits on the Faculty Committee on Information Technology and the Administrative Board.

"I'm adding a very large financial piece, and I think I'll be able to make very good use of previous experiences," Herschbach said.

Lewis agreed.

"One of the reasons why I'm so happy that Dr. Herschbach is coming back to University Hall is because of her experience as a house master, so she really understands the central role that the houses play in the life of undergraduates," Lewis said in an interview yesterday.

Gefter had announced in January that she would leave Harvard after 16 years to pursue an independent consulting career. Gefter did not return several phone calls yesterday.

The Registrar's Office

Herschbach leaves a legacy of enhanced efficiency at the Registrar's Office.

Herschbach oversaw the first online computer course catalogue, and was instrumental in moving study-card day and spring registration to the houses, streamlining those processes. She also helped the office save money by producing the course catalogue via desktop publishing.

Associate Registrar Thurston A. Smith III described Herschbach as possessing "boundless energy, imagination and vision."

Lewis has convened a search committee, chaired by Office of Career Services Director William Wright-Swadel, to help him select Herschbach's successor as registrar. The committee has already initiated a national search for the job.

Meanwhile, Smith will serve as acting registrar. Lewis predicted that he would not be able to pick a new registrar before the beginning of 1997

"Everything is tied one way or another to finances," she said. "I need to have a global view of all the College's needs, and therefore work very closely with the heads of each one of the departments, not as a supervisor but as a colleague."

The associate deanship will undergo something of a metamorphosis under Herschbach, Under Herschbach's soon-to-be predecessor, Martha G. Gefter, the job was primarily a financial one. Herschbach, on the other hand, will be a more all-around adviser.

"[Lewis] has a very large job himself, and he needs someone like me who has a lot of experience in the College," she said. "I know the academic program very, very well. I know the administrative offices. I know the houses. I can help him on all of those fronts."

Lewis said yesterday that Herschbach's broad experiences throughout the College will help her redefine the post. Before her seven-year term as registrar, Herschbach spent three years as assistant dean of the College for special programs, overseeing advanced standing and special concentrations, among others. And from 1981-1986, Herschbach and her husband, Baird Professor of Science Dudley R. Herschbach, were masters of Currier House. Georgene Herschbach also sits on the Faculty Committee on Information Technology and the Administrative Board.

"I'm adding a very large financial piece, and I think I'll be able to make very good use of previous experiences," Herschbach said.

Lewis agreed.

"One of the reasons why I'm so happy that Dr. Herschbach is coming back to University Hall is because of her experience as a house master, so she really understands the central role that the houses play in the life of undergraduates," Lewis said in an interview yesterday.

Gefter had announced in January that she would leave Harvard after 16 years to pursue an independent consulting career. Gefter did not return several phone calls yesterday.

The Registrar's Office

Herschbach leaves a legacy of enhanced efficiency at the Registrar's Office.

Herschbach oversaw the first online computer course catalogue, and was instrumental in moving study-card day and spring registration to the houses, streamlining those processes. She also helped the office save money by producing the course catalogue via desktop publishing.

Associate Registrar Thurston A. Smith III described Herschbach as possessing "boundless energy, imagination and vision."

Lewis has convened a search committee, chaired by Office of Career Services Director William Wright-Swadel, to help him select Herschbach's successor as registrar. The committee has already initiated a national search for the job.

Meanwhile, Smith will serve as acting registrar. Lewis predicted that he would not be able to pick a new registrar before the beginning of 1997

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