Dr. Ray Rennard, a professor and administrator at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California, has been named Five College’s new director of academic programs. With a PhD in philosophy from Johns Hopkins University, Rennard has spent much of his career at the University of the Pacific, most recently as the chair of the philosophy department. He has also directed the university’s Humanities Scholars Program, served on the strategic planning committee, and has taught philosophy there since 2005.
Rennard will work with Five College Executive Director Sarah Pfatteicher to restructure the academic programs office to be as effective and as responsive to the campuses as possible.
“What stands out to me about Ray is his openness to helping shape the position as we work to align the consortium with the goals of our member campuses,” said Pfatteicher. “I believe that Ray’s spirit of adaptability, along with his academic and administrative experience, will serve our community well.”
At Five Colleges, Rennard will be responsible for a variety of academic programs that enroll hundreds of students each year, as well as initiatives that allow faculty members and students to explore new approaches to teaching and learning, and programs supporting research in areas as varied as Middle Eastern studies, biomathematical sciences and queer and sexuality studies.
“I am very pleased to join the Five College Consortium and excited to be part of the planning for its next phase,” said Rennard. “For more than 50 years, the consortium has worked with the five campuses to create an intellectual and pedagogical community that is greater than the sum of its parts. I look forward to working with the five-campus academic community to sustain and enhance the collaborative spirit so distinctive of the Five College Consortium.”
Rennard will begin work at Five Colleges on January 22.