Butler To Serve Extra Year as Dean of the Graduate School

Jon Butler will continue to serve as dean of the Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences through June 30, 2010, a year past the end of his current appointment, announced President Richard C. Levin.

The extension of Butler’s term will “provide continuity of leadership in both the Graduate School and the Faculty of Arts and Sciences,” said Levin in a letter to the campus community. “In the fall of 2009 I will appoint a search committee to advise me on Dean Butler’s successor.”

Since 1997 Butler has served without interruption” as director of the Humanities Division, chair of the Department of History and dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, noted Levin. “In each of these capacities, he has served with great distinction,” said the president. “As dean, he has been a tireless advocate for graduate education and for the quality of graduate student life. I am very grateful for his wise counsel and devoted leadership.”

Butler, who joined the Yale faculty in 1985, is also the Howard R. Lamar Professor of American Studies, History and Religious Studies. His scholarship has focused on the role of religion in American history. His books include “Awash in a Sea of Faith: Christianizing the American People,” which won the Beveridge Award for the Best Book in American History in 1990 from the American Historical Association and the Outler Prize from the American Society of Church History; “Becoming America: The Revolution Before 1776,” which was a selection of the History Book Club; and “The Huguenots in America: A Refugee People in New World Society,” which won the Theodore Saloutos Prize from the Immigration History Society and the Gilbert Chinard Prize from the Society for French Historical Studies. With his Yale colleague Harry S. Stout, he co-edited “Religion in American History: A Reader.”

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