After serving for 18 months as Interim Dean of Students, Scott Halvorson has been named Dean of Students of the School of General Studies.
A skilled, experienced, and an articulate professional, Halvorson has been at GS since 1996. He holds master’s degrees from Columbia (M.F.A.), Harvard (M.Ed.), and Rutgers (M.A.). During his tenure at GS, he has acted as director of the Program for Academic Leadership and Service (PALS) and associate director of the Global Scholars Program. He has regularly taught a class in screenwriting at Columbia’s School of the Arts and is currently teaching a course in the Columbia Core, University Writing. Dean Halvorson was asked to lead the student services operation of General Studies on an interim basis in June 2008, when former Dean of Students Mary McGee accepted the position of Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Alfred University.
“Since Dean McGee’s departure, the Dean of Students Office has undergone a major organizational restructuring aimed at addressing the complex needs of our unique college, providing improved services to students, and forging more collaborative relationships with the leadership of the Office of Student Affairs for Columbia College, the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science, and Barnard College,” Peter Awn, dean of the School of General Studies, wrote in an email message announcing Dean Halvorson’s promotion. “Throughout this time, Dean Halvorson has proven to be a talented administrator and capable leader who is passionate about the mission of GS and its students. I look forward to collaborating with Dean Halvorson as he works to help GS achieve even greater levels of distinction in the coming years.”