Sewanee celebrates Terry Papillon's nine years of service as Dean of the College

Faculty, staff, and students gathered in Guerry Garth on Monday to celebrate Dean of the College Terry Papillon, who is stepping down from that role to concentrate on his teaching and scholarship in classics and rhetoric.

More than a third of the current tenure-line faculty in the College were hired during Dean Papillon’s nine-year tenure, and significant additions to the curriculum were made, including new majors in women’s and gender studies, creative writing, finance, and neuroscience. Papillon helped to create the University’s Office of Global Citizenship and the Center for Speaking and Listening, reinvigorated the Center for Teaching, and oversaw the development of recruitment and retention programs for faculty of color.

“Terry taught us first how to be generous,” said Professor Sean O’Rourke while introducing Papillon during Monday’s event. “He has given generously of his time, his considerable intellectual powers, the deep well of his emotional strength, and his abiding commitment to the life and health of our academic community. Generosity, intellectual and otherwise, is a large part of Terry’s legacy.”

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