Eric Frank Named Dean
Noted Renaissance art historian and long-time Occidental College faculty member Eric Frank has been appointed vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college, effective Jan. 1.
We are delighted that Eric has agreed to take on this critical role,” said Dennis Collins, chair of the Occidental College Board of Trustees. “This ensures that we will have someone with a deep understanding of the College and the kind of experience we need to help guide us through a period of transition.”
Frank’s appointment by the board was announced Nov. 20, one day after President Susan Prager announced her intention to resign at the end of December. Frank had been serving as interim dean, a post he has held since September 2005.
A graduate of Dartmouth who received his doctorate from New York University, Frank is a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome and an expert in Italian Renaissance art. He has served in a variety of academic and administrative positions at Occidental. He has been associate dean for arts and humanities, chair or the Department of Art History and Visual Arts, and served on the Buildings and Grounds, Admissions, and International Programs committees, as well as on elected bodies including the Faculty Council and the Advisory Council.
As associate dean, Frank oversaw 11 academic departments, several administrative departments, and academic enhancement funds including International Programs and the Remsen Bird Fund. In this role he was responsible for the proposal for and implementation of a $500,000 grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation that resulted in Occidental's new and innovative Keck Language Studio.
As art history chair, he was instrumental in obtaining and implementing a $150,000 grant from the J. Paul Getty Museum for the creation of the Robert Winter Southern California Image Collection and the digitizing of the Occidental slide library. He has served as president of the Art Historians of Southern California and the Renaissance Society of Southern California, and for several years was the chair of the National Test Development Committee for the AP Art History Examination.
Prior to joining the Occidental faculty in 1986, Frank taught at Middlebury, UC Berkeley, Hunter College, and the Syracuse Overseas Program in Florence.