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Bard College at Simon’s Rock Names New Provost


Contact: Karen Anderson
Bard College at Simon’s Rock
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GREAT BARRINGTON, MA—Dr. Peter Laipson will become the new provost of Bard College at Simon’s Rock and vice president of Bard College. President of Bard College Leon Botstein announced Laipson’s appointment on Friday.

Laipson is currently Dean of Faculty at Concord Academy in Concord, Massachusetts, where Simon’s Rock founder Elizabeth Blodgett Hall served as headmistress for fourteen years. He will assume his new post at Simon’s Rock in July after twelve years of leadership and teaching at the Academy. A Worcester, MA native, Laipson holds a BA from Brown University and an MA and a PhD in history from the University of Michigan. “I have been remarkably impressed with all that I have seen of Simon's Rock, especially the talent and commitment of faculty and students,” said Laipson. “I look forward to continuing to strengthen the college and to becoming part of the campus and local communities.”

Laipson is a historian whose research has focused on gender roles and relations in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century America. He has taught at Bowdoin College, the San Francisco University High School, and the University of Michigan. He also worked at Tufts and Harvard universities and was a Visiting Fellow at the College Access Foundation of California.

In a joint statement to the community, President Botstein and Vice Chair of the Bard College Board of Trustees, Emily H. Fisher welcomed Laipson to Simon’s Rock, “Emily and I have expressed our delight and enthusiasm on the occasion of Dr. Laipson’s acceptance of the position of provost and vice president.”

He succeeds Dr. Mary Marcy, who after seven years as provost of Bard College at Simon’s Rock will become president of the Dominican University of California.

Bard College at Simon’s Rock has been a leader in educational innovation for more than 40 years. The first early college, Simon’s Rock is the only residential college in the country specifically designed to let bright, highly motivated students start college immediately after the 10th or 11th grade. At Simon’s Rock, students experience a transformative education in the liberal arts and sciences in the company of smart, independent, creative peers who share their excitement about learning and their desire to be part of a vibrant intellectual community. Students who successfully complete the requirements receive the Associate in Arts (AA) degree after two years of study and the Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree after four.