David Fithian has been named Assistant Dean of Harvard College, effective immediately. Fithian, who was appointed by Dean of Harvard College Harry L. Lewis, will work on a variety of administrative and policy matters affecting the College and will serve as Secretary of the Administrative Board of Harvard College. He has served as Allston Burr Senior Tutor in Adams House since 1988 and also has been a lecturer in the department of Sociology and on Social Studies, and Assistant Dean of Freshmen. He will continue as Senior Tutor in Adams House for the remainder of the current academic year.
In his new role, Fithian will have major responsibility for training and orienting new members of the College administration, for writing and editing major College publications, and for envisioning new uses of technology in support of College operations. As Secretary of the Administrative Board, he will guide resident deans towards consistent management of Board cases, advise Faculty on Board practices, and manage and help develop the Board’s policies and precedents.
Fithian holds a B.A. degree from Clark University, and M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. degrees in Sociology from Yale University.