Provost’s Office

The Provost’s office provides vision and direction for the academic program of the College, advances the teaching and research goals of the College’s faculty, and supports ongoing professional development within a diversifying and inclusive culture.

Dr. Angela T. Haddad
Provost and Dean of the Faculty

Headshot of Angela HaddadAngela T. Haddad joined Allegheny College as provost and dean of the faculty in August 2022. She previously served as senior associate dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at Hunter College in New York City. During her nine years at Hunter College, Angela developed and implemented initiatives that support faculty development and academic innovation, along with programs to promote academic excellence and strengthen student success and retention. Prior to Hunter College, Angela served as associate provost of Barnard College, where she initiated projects to support faculty development and curricular innovation and led efforts in developing, coordinating, and implementing academic and institutional assessment plans and practices. Before joining Barnard College, she was an associate professor and department chair in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work at Central Michigan University. She holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in sociology from the University of Michigan and a B.A. from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Angela has presented at a wide range of academic and professional conferences and authored or co-authored numerous scholarly publications and successful grant proposals.

Peter Bradley
Associate Provost for Institutional Effectiveness, Strategic Planning, and Assessment

Headshot of Peter BradleyPeter Bradley joined Allegheny College in the Spring of 2023. He previously served as Director of the Honors Program at Ferris State University in Michigan, a program of about 750 students with 23 affiliated faculty. During that time he served as an approved Program Reviewer for the National Collegiate Honors Council, and was a member of the Professional Development and Assessment and Evaluation committees. Prior to his appointment at Ferris, he was Associate Professor of Philosophy at McDaniel College, another college that ‘Changes Lives’ like Allegheny, and Director of the First Year Seminar. In fact, he graduated from another ‘College that Changes Lives,’ Antioch College, in 1996. At Antioch, he used his many co-op and work-study positions to learn UNIX system administration and website creation, and served as Antioch’s first webmaster. Those experiences lead to an early career as a sys admin in the mid-90’s dot com boom, and eventually to his academic interests in Philosophy of Mind and Cognitive Science.

Jennifer Dearden
Senior Associate Provost

Headshot of Jennifer DeardenJennifer Dearden became the Associate Provost in 2021, having served in the Music Department since 2007. As Associate Provost, Jennifer has co-led Allegheny’s reaccreditation process with the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, holds leadership roles in the FS Program and academic advising, and serves as the Provost’s representative on several College committees. As a member of the Music Department, Jennifer served as the Chair from 2019-2021, and directed the Allegheny College Civic Symphony for nine years in addition to teaching trumpet lessons, brass chamber ensembles, and numerous courses in the Music curriculum. Jennifer continues to perform throughout western Pennsylvania with the Northwest Passage Trumpet Trio, and can be heard on their debut album Expeditions. In addition to serving on the Erie Philharmonic Board of Governors, Jennifer serves on the Board of Directors for the International Trumpet Guild (ITG) and has participated in numerous performances at ITG annual conferences. Jennifer holds a DMA in Trumpet Performance from the University of North Texas, an MM from Florida State University, and a Bachelor of Music from Ithaca College.

Samantha Stephens
Assistant to the Provost

Headshot of Angela HaddadSamantha joined the Provost Office in 2008. She joined Allegheny in 1989 and served as administrative assistant in the Communication Arts/Theatre and History Departments for 19 years. She holds a B.A. from Allegheny College with a major in Communication Arts, a minor in Psychology, and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

Byron Rich
Assistant Provost of Academic Innovation

Headshot of Byron RichByron joined the Provost’s office in 2023 after having served in Instiutional Advancment since 2021 and the Art Department since 2014. His work is focussed on designing and implementing emerging strategic academic initiatives and economic development efforts. As an accomplished artist and scholar, his work exploring speculative design, biology futures, and tactical media has been widely shown and spoken about internationally in some of the world’s most prestigious art and design venues. Byron’s work is often featured in books and journals, and his writing can be found in numerous publications including the recently released book Synthetic Becoming edited by Lenka Vesela. He pursued a degree in new media at The University of Calgary before relocating to Buffalo, New York where he obtained an MFA in Emerging Practices at The University at Buffalo. He was the runner-up for the 2016 BioArt & Design Award, and the recipient of an Honorary Mention at the 2017 Prix Ars Electronica. Byron is the Vice President of the Crawford County Historical Society, and on the board of directors for the NWPA NTMA.