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Natter joins CSS administration


The College of St. Scholastica announced the appointment of its new vice president for academic affairs, Wolfgang G. Natter.

"An experienced intellectual leader, Dr. Natter has an exemplary record of empowering and supporting faculty to seek out innovative pathways toward excellent teaching and research and has led numerous curricular and program initiatives designed to support student success," said Colette Geary, president of St. Scholastica.

Natter comes to St. Scholastica following a successful tenure as vice president of academic affairs, dean of faculty, and professor at Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia, Pa. Before Chestnut Hill, he served as dean of the School of Arts and Sciences and professor of political science at St. Bonaventure University in New York. Natter is an administrative fellow in the Center for Pedagogical Innovation at Wesleyan University in Connecticut.

"He has extensive administrative experience and was at the forefront of strategic planning projects at Chestnut Hill and St. Bonaventure, including development of Chestnut Hill's plan to become a model inclusive institution," Geary said.

Natter earned a doctorate in German studies and a Master of Arts in German literature from Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor of Arts in German literature and European history from Wesleyan University. He holds certificates from the Harvard Institute for management and leadership in education and the Institute for Administrators in Catholic Higher Education at Boston College. An accomplished scholar, Natter has published widely and has a strong record of providing service and securing grant support. He is the recipient of three major teaching awards, has been awarded tenure in three disciplines, and has held several teaching and research appointments outside the United States, including as a Fulbright Senior Scholar at Leipzig University in Germany.

"It is a blessing and a joy to be joining President Geary and the college community at this exciting and exceptional time in St. Scholastica's proud history," Natter said. "I appreciate greatly the College's mission, values, vision, and commitment to inclusive excellence. I look forward with enthusiasm to working collegially with all members of the community to assist in the realization of ambitious academic and institutional goals."