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Sanders to helm academic affairs

October 11th, 2005


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CONTACT: Michael Kiser
Patrick Henry College
(540) 338-1776

PURCELLVILLE, VA – Dr. Marian Sanders, formerly the associate dean of academic affairs at Patrick Henry College, has been named as the acting dean of academic affairs in the wake of the departure of Dr. Paul Bonicelli, who stepped down as dean to accept a senior level position with the Bush administration in foreign policy. In addition to her administrative role, Sanders will continue to teach upper-level history courses on a part-time basis. Dr. Gregory Smith, assistant professor of philosophy, has agreed to fill the vacancy created by Sanders' appointment by accepting the position of acting chairman of the Department of Classical Liberal Arts.

Sanders received a B.A. in French and German from Grove City College, an M.A. in history from the University of Pittsburgh, and a Ph.D. in history from Ohio University. Prior to coming to PHC she served as assistant professor of history at Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, TN. Her areas of expertise are 20th-century America, American diplomacy, and European political and diplomatic history with an emphasis on Russia.

Patrick Henry College, located in Purcellville, Virginia, just 50 miles from the nation's capital, is a classical Christian liberal arts college dedicated to timeless biblical values and the spirit of the American founding. Since opening its doors in 2000, PHC has been training men and women to lead the nation and shape the culture. A PHC education combines rigorous academics, a biblical worldview, a classical liberal arts core curriculum, and apprenticeship methodologies to produce graduates who are uniquely qualified to serve God and mankind.