Her appointment was recommended by a search committee composed of trustees, faculty, staff, and alumni and student leadership, and was approved by the Austin College Board of Trustees on November 7, during its fall meeting. In accepting the appointment at the plenary session of the board, Marjorie Hass was accompanied by her husband, Lawrence Hass, professor of philosophy and theatre arts and director of the Theory and Art of Magic program at Muhlenberg College, and their two children, Cameron, 19, and Jessica, 14.
“Austin College’s values are inspiring, and I am excited about so many things about this institution and its people,” said the president-to-be. “We are thrilled to be joining this warm and welcoming community.”
She was appointed Muhlenberg’s first provost in 2004, after having served since 2003 as interim dean of the college and vice president for academic affairs. Before that, she was director of Muhlenberg’s Center for Ethics, from 2000 to 2003. She began her career at Muhlenberg in 1993, teaching in the philosophy department, and she earned tenure in 1998 and promotion to full professor in 2006. She specializes in the philosophy of logic, the philosophy of language, and feminist philosophy, and earned her Ph.D. in philosophy at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1993 and her B.A. and M.A. degrees at the same institution in 1987 and 1989.
“We all look forward to welcoming Dr. Hass to Austin College,” said Oscar C. Page, who has served as president of Austin College since 1994 and announced this past March that he would be stepping down. “I am eager to begin working with her to achieve a smooth transition of leadership, and I know our senior administrative staff will be very supportive in this process as well.”