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Lorin Basden Arnold

Dr. Lorin Basden Arnold

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Lorin Basden Arnold was appointed as provost and vice president for academic affairs at the State University of New York at New Paltz, effective July 1, 2016. In addition to serving as provost at New Paltz, Arnold holds tenure and professor rank in the Department of Communication. Her specialty is interpersonal and family communication.

As provost and vice president for academic affairs, Arnold serves as the College’s chief academic officer with responsibility for the planning, development, growth and quality of all academic programs and related support functions. This includes the articulation of an academic vision, leadership in academic strategic planning that supports the institutional strategic plan, the development and administration of academic budgets and the advancement of excellence in teaching, scholarship and service. She is also the chief personnel officer for academic employees and is responsible for hiring and evaluating faculty and also ensuring, together with the faculty, that the New Paltz curriculum is relevant, timely and adequately supported.

Arnold serves as a key member of internal and external groups, including the President’s Cabinet, labor-management committees, the College Council and the system-wide chief academic officer’s group. She joins other senior administrators and faculty in institutional policy development, and plays a significant role in the engagement around diversity and inclusion in the academic realm as well as building bridges across various constituencies and interests on the campus.

As provost, Arnold oversees five instructional divisions, the Graduate School, the Sojourner Truth Library, Academic Advising, the Center for International Programs, Sponsored Programs, Extended Learning, the Honors Program, the Center for Teaching and Learning, the Tutoring Center, the Scholar’s Mentorship Program, the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, the SUNY-Turkish Dual Diploma Program, and the Research, Scholarship and Creative Activities Program.

Before arriving at New Paltz, Arnold served as dean of the College of Communication and Creative Arts at Rowan University in Glassboro, N.J. Prior to becoming dean of the College of Communication in 2010, which became the College of Communication and Creative Arts in 2012, she served as interim dean of the College for 18 months. She also served as chair of the communication studies department at Rowan and earned the rank of full professor there in 2007.

A three-time graduate of Purdue University, Arnold earned her doctorate in interpersonal communication in 1996, her master's degree in public affairs/issue management in 1991 and her bachelor's degree in communication/public relations in 1988. She began working at Rowan in 1998 and formerly taught at Purdue University, Indiana University-Indianapolis, and the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown.

Arnold is joined in New Paltz by her husband, Derek Arnold, an instructor in communication at Villanova University. The Arnolds have six children.