MSU board approves acting dean of new residential college

Contact: Meredith Mescher, University Relations, (517)432-0305,

Jan 13, 2006

EAST LANSING, Mich. – Stephen Esquith has been appointed acting dean of the residential college in the arts and humanities at Michigan State University, which is scheduled to open in the fall of 2007.

The appointment, effective July 1, was approved by the MSU Board of Trustees at its Jan. 13 meeting.

“I am delighted to be involved in this important new initiative,” said Esquith. “I believe that the new residential college in the arts and humanities will make a valuable contribution to the considerable strengths that MSU already has in the arts and humanities. I also believe that it will break new ground through its innovative curriculum, including its foreign language proficiency program and the substantial emphasis that it places on civic engagement.”

Esquith currently serves as chairperson of the Department of Philosophy.

He came to MSU as an assistant professor in James Madison College in 1980 and became an associate professor in James Madison and the Department of Philosophy in 1987. His teaching areas include moral and political philosophy and philosophy of law.

“Steve Esquith is a great choice to be the acting dean,” said MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon. “During the ‘Realizing the Vision' process, Steve served as chair of the Committee on College Reorganization, and for nearly three years he's been involved on a daily basis in the discussions and visioning process that have helped set Michigan State's course for the 21 st century. I know his passion and energy will be vital to making the new residential college a reality.”

MSU's new residential college in the arts and humanities will offer students the opportunity to live and study together while preparing for a variety of careers in public service, research, art and teaching.

Esquith received a bachelor of arts degree from Harvard College in 1970 and a doctorate from Princeton University in 1979.