Dr. Marc Roy began working at Goucher College in June 2007 as the Provost. Looking back, he is still able to visualize what first attracted him to this campus. “The atmosphere, the emphasis on international and interdisciplinary learning, environmental studies…the culture of the college really drew me here,” Roy said.
A few weeks ago, Roy decided to resign on June 30, 2015. Though he will miss his job, and faculty and staff will miss him; Dr. Roy asserts that now is a time of change.
“When you work at the administrative level, there’s a certain amount of time when you can be effective, and you have to try and figure out how much longer you can be effective in a particular position. And with the new president coming in, who’s got terrific ideas, a lot of enthusiasm, I thought it would be best if he were able to work with somebody that he chose so that he can really have the best opportunity to implement his visions.”
Dr. Roy sees President José Bowen’s new term as the catalyst for the transformation Goucher College is embarking on, and he views his specialties and skills as being better suited elsewhere during this transitive state of the college. “There are many factors that influenced the decsion, and certainly I want President Bowen to have the best support he can.”
Dr. Roy assures that he would support President Bowen as Provost, but his history with the college makes it difficult for him to help President Bowen with his goals. A new provost appointed in part by President Bowen would, in Dr. Roy’s opinion, help with the fruition of his hopes for the institution.
Dr. Roy added, ”Not that I dwell in the past, but you can’t forget the past. And that was a part of the decision.”
This is a time for both the college and Dr. Roy to step into the future. Though he is “undetermined” about the potential trajectory of his career, Dr. Roy is excited for new prospects. “I am a tenured member of the faculty, so I may have a sabbatical leave and then teach in the biology department. And I will also look at other opportunities that come along, and if there’s something that really intrigues me then I might apply for some other jobs. My first love was teaching, and so I may well go back to teaching.”
Bowen commented, “Marc Roy has served Goucher incredibly well and loyally for 8 years as Provost. We will miss him in this role, but I know he is also a terrific scholar and teacher. A search committee is being formed and will be announced in a week or so. The faculty have initiated a process to nominate and then elect 4 members of the committee, one of whom will be co-chair.”
The search committee, according to Dr. Roy, will produce an announcement that describes what they are looking for in a new provost. The traditional first day for new hires is July 1, the first day of Goucher College’s fiscal year.
As his last day on the job grows closer, Dr. Roy reciprocates feelings of co-worker admiration, at the risk of sounding cliché. “It has really, and this sounds trite I know, but it’s really been a pleasure working with the faculty and staff and helping to support student learning. Goucher is a fabulous place with many great people. And I will miss being in this job, but I know that some other good opportunity will be there: maybe teaching, maybe somewhere else. “
On Tuesday, November 4, President Bowen emailed the faculty, staff, and trustees informing them that a search committee of twelve people has been selected, and that the process will begin soon. In February, candidates will be brought to campus. There will be more information to come on Goucher’s website.