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Dr. Erin Sadlack named new dean of Arts & Sciences at St. Bonaventure

Apr 17, 2024

Dr. Erin SadlackDr. Erin Sadlack has been named dean of the School of Arts & Sciences at St. Bonaventure University. She begins work July 1.

Sadlack has spent the last 19 years at Marywood University, a private Catholic university in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Since 2021, she has served as the chair of Marywood’s Department of Communication, Language, and Literature.

“I’m thrilled that Dr. Sadlack is joining the St. Bonaventure community to lead our School of Arts & Sciences,” said Dr. David Hilmey, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs. “She brings both experience and knowledge to this important position, and her commitment to building relationships, supporting faculty, and providing the best educational experience for students in the school is a perfect fit.”

Sadlack takes over for Dr. Guy Imhoff, who has served as interim dean since September. A French professor at SBU since 2003, Imhoff will return to his role as associate dean in July.

“Dr. Imhoff has served the school exceptionally well this year,” Hilmey said. “His leadership has kept Arts & Sciences strong and moving forward during this transition period.”

A professor of English, Sadlack has also served as associate dean of Marywood’s Insalaco College of Arts & Sciences; director of the Honors Program; chair of the English Department; and director of the Women’s Studies program.

Sadlack has doctoral and master’s degrees in English Language and Literature from the University of Maryland at College Park, and a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from The College of New Jersey.

“As the landscape of higher education changes, it is all the more essential that we find new ways to articulate the value of a liberal arts education to new audiences and to meet the needs of our students,” Sadlack said. “My vision lies in creating innovative programs and developing close connections between the university and the community.”


About the University: The nation’s first Franciscan university, St. Bonaventure University is a community committed to transforming the lives of our students inside and outside the classroom, inspiring in them a lifelong commitment to service and citizenship. Out of 167 regional universities in the North, St. Bonaventure was ranked #6 for value and #14 for innovation by U.S. News and World Report (2024).