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Hall to retire as Alfred University provost

William M. Hall, who has been provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at Alfred University (AU) since July 2010, will retire at the end of the current academic year, closing out a 33-year career at the University.

“Bill Hall is one of those rare individuals who takes on whatever challenges are handed him, and simply deals with them, calmly and capably,” said AU President Charles M. Edmondson. “We are going to miss him, personally and professionally.”

 “My journey as a member of the Alfred University community has been very rewarding,” said Hall. “The opportunity to serve students early in my career and the faculty later in my career has been a privilege that I will always cherish.”

Even after he retires, Hall has agreed to continue work on the University’s reaccreditation process through the Middle States Association of Colleges and Universities. The University is completing its self-study phase, the first step in the review that occurs every 10 years.

Prior to being named provost, Hall had served as associate provost for graduate and professional programs from 2006-09, and was instrumental in launching the Downstate programs, through which Alfred University offers master’s degrees in counseling, literacy, and public service administration at sites in Brooklyn and on Long Island.

He was dean of the College of Business from 2006-10, and was interim provost during the 2009-10 academic year.  Prior to that he was dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences from 1997-2004, and interim provost from 2004-06.

Hall joined the Alfred University faculty in 1980 as a professor of sociology and director of the Criminal Justice Program. He was founder of the Institute for Rural Justice, and was successful in securing more than $1.6 million in funding for the institute through the federal Department of Justice. The Institute for Rural Justice led to the creation of a county-wide repository of information, an increased awareness of the issues associated with domestic violence in rural areas, and established of the Youth Court for Allegany County.

As dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Hall led the development and implementation of the First-Year Experience (FYE). Under his leadership, the College launched a new major in Global Studies; placed a new emphasis on undergraduate research; and added community service components to several courses.

As dean of the College of Business, Hall led the planning process that led to the creation of the College of Professional Studies that includes a School of Business.

Hall has published several papers in the areas of criminology, deviance, delinquency, juvenile justice and police behavior. He twice won Outstanding Teacher Awards from the University.

Active in the Alfred community, Hall was a village trustee for seven years, mayor for seven years, and an Allegany County legislator. He has served on various volunteer boards and organizations in the county.

Hall and his wife Lynne are the parents of two grown daughters and have a granddaughter.