LEWISTON — Bates College President A. Clayton Spencer announced recently that Matthew R. Auer, Indiana University honors dean, has been named Bates College vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty, effective July 1.

Auer succeeds Pamela J. Baker, ’69, Helen A. Papaioanou professor of biological sciences and longtime faculty leader at Bates.

He has taught at Indiana University since 1996, where he has earned numerous teaching awards, including the university’s highest honor for instruction, the President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. He has authored or co-authored more than 50 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on environmental policy.

Auer has served in a variety of public policy roles at national and international levels. He was senior adviser to the U.S. Forest Service from 2001 to 2006, and for more than 20 years he has developed, implemented and evaluated energy and environmental aid programs for the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Auer received a doctorate in forestry and environmental studies from Yale University in 1996. His other academic degrees include a master’s in science and master’s on philosophy from Yale University, a master’s from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and an A.B. magna cum laude in anthropology from Harvard University.

Auer will come to Bates with his wife and their 12-year-old twins.

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