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Anne Hiskes New Dean of BCOIS


Anne L. Hiskes, new dean of the Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies, was born in Grand Rapids and received a bachelor’s degree from Hope College. She previously worked at the University of Connecticut as interim associate dean for Interdisciplinary Programs and Faculty Development. Gayle R. Davis, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, said "Dean Hiskes is perfectly positioned to continue to develop and enhance the college for its next stages of innovation and academic excellence." 

Hiskes said she’s ready for this next chapter in her academic career and excited to come back to West Michigan. “West Michigan is home to me,” Hiskes said. “I still have family and friends in the area. I love the lake. I’ve spent the last years developing skills and preparing myself for the role of a dean.” 

Hiskes majored in mathematics, physics and philosophy while at Hope College. She earned master’s and doctoral degrees at Indiana University in the history and philosophy of science. She joined the philosophy faculty at the University of Connecticut in 1978. She began assuming administrative roles in 2003 when she led the establishment of a new general education program. She also served as special assistant to the provost, and associate dean for Undergraduate Programs, the Humanities, and Social Sciences in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. 

In 2006, Hiskes was appointed by the University of Connecticut president as founding director of the Office of Research Ethics and Education for Stem Cell Research. For nearly four years, Hiskes oversaw and advised faculty researchers on stem cell research policy and ethics, and created databases for tracking research activities.

Hiskes served as an American Council on Education fellow, serving a year at The College of New Jersey, her host institution. The ACE Fellows Program is a premiere leadership development program for higher education.

Hiskes was attracted to the position at Grand Valley because of Brooks College’s mission and focus on creativity and excellence. “It takes a special provost and president to see the value of an interdisciplinary college and to support it," she said. “It’s important to create a space where interdisciplinary students and faculty can flourish. Having a college for interdisciplinary programs sends a message that it’s valued at an institution.”


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