Last Wednesday Meadows Dean Jose Bowen sent an email to all Meadows Faculty and Staff announcing the appointment of Dr. P. Gregory Warden, a University Distinguished Professor of Art History and associate dean for research and academic affairs at SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts, as the fourth president of Franklin College.
“We are very sorry to see Greg leave SMU, but at the same time we are thrilled for him – it’s an incredible honor to be chosen for such an important and prestigious position, and we know he will make an exceptional leader for Franklin College,” Bowen said. “SMU has an ongoing relationship with Franklin – a number of our students study abroad there each year. We look forward to maintaining a close collaboration with Greg and with Franklin College in the coming years.”
Franklin College is located in Lugano, Switzerland and SMU has had a partnership with the university for years. Warden’s term as president will begin July 1, 2012.
Dr. Warden has earned several awards during his 30-year career with the university. He was named the Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor at SMU in 2011. He has also served as associate dean for research and academic affairs for the Meadows School since 1988. He co-founded and directed the SMU-in-Italy program for more than 20 years. In 2011, the National Endowment for the Humanities awarded a $200,000 grant in support of a summer institute for college teachers, led by Dr. Warden, which will examine Etruscan and Roman culture on-site in Italy.