Dean Emerita receives The President’s Medal

Dr. Carol Hawkes has held many roles at Western. During her 24-year tenure, she’s worn the hat of Dean of the Macricostas School of Arts and Sciences and Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Last year, Hawkes, 90, retired as Founding Dean of the School of Visual and Performing Arts. But not before making sure the foundation was set, literally, for the school’s new building on the university’s Westside campus.

For all of her years of tireless dedication and loyalty, Hawkes was awarded The President’s Medal by President James W. Schmotter at this year’s commencement ceremony, May 13, 2012.

“What she has brought us is wisdom, experience and an understanding of what quality in higher education means,” said Schmotter. “She’s a totally classy person who is a role model for how to behave in any professional setting.”

Hawkes earned her bachelor’s degree from Barnard College and later completed her doctorate at Columbia University. Her first post was as English professor and department chair at Finch College. She later became vice president of Hartwick College and then president of Endicott College.

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Dr. Carol Hawkes, founding dean emerita of the School of Visual and Performing Arts, addresses the 2012 undergraduate commencement assembly upon receiving the President’s Medal.