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Provost Christopher Ames

Dear Campus Community,

I am writing to inform you that Provost Christopher Ames has accepted the presidency of The Sage Colleges in Troy and Albany, New York, beginning July 1. The Sage Colleges, which include Russell Sage College, a women’s college in Troy; the co-educational Sage College of Albany; and graduate schools in Education, Health Sciences, and Management, are very fortunate in their selection of Provost Ames as their new president.

While I am pleased that Dr. Ames has achieved his goal of securing a presidency, I will miss his leadership and collegiality. His counsel, insight, thoughtfulness, and advice have helped me greatly during my first year as Shepherd’s president. Associate Provost Scott Beard will serve as Acting Provost, starting July 1st. A national search will be conducted for the Provost position with an anticipated appointment by the end of the year.

During his tenure at Shepherd, Provost Ames led the development of international initiatives and new programming, including Shepherd’s first doctoral program–the Doctor of Nursing Practice–and a variety of new baccalaureate programs ranging from music performance to health promotion and exercise science. He assumed the oversight of the Martinsburg Center upon his arrival at Shepherd and subsequently established the groundwork for the new School of Business. He was an avid football fan who supported our Rams with vigor, in addition to being a dedicated attendee of science, arts and humanities events on campus and in the community.

Dr. Ames came to Shepherd as the vice president for academic affairs in January 2013 from Washington College, where he served as special assistant to the president and previously as provost and dean of the college. His career also includes an administrative position at Oglethorpe University and teaching positions at Stanford University and Agnes Scott College, where he was the Charles A. Dana Professor of English.

Dr. Ames earned a Ph.D. in English literature from Stanford University and a bachelor’s degree with special honors in the multidisciplinary liberal arts program at the University of Texas, Austin. He attended the Aspen Institute Executive Seminar on Leadership and is a graduate of Harvard University’s Institute of Educational Management.

A member of Phi Beta Kappa, Dr. Ames was named to a Danforth Foundation Graduate Fellowship and a Fleur Cowles Fellowship at the Humanities Research Center in Austin, Texas. He won the Alden Prize for Best Dissertation in English Literature at Stanford and served as a Haynes Foundation Fellow at the Huntington Library in San Marino.

Please join me in wishing Chris our very best in his new endeavors with our sincere appreciation. We will have a chance to celebrate and thank Provost Ames – in person – with a campus-wide function hosted by the President’s Office in June.

Mary J.C. Hendrix
President, Shepherd University