On Feb. 25, the University of St. Francis (USF) named Beth Roth, Ph.D., as its new Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs beginning on July 1, 2019. According to a press release from the university, Roth will succeed Frank Pascoe, D.A., who will be returning to the faculty to teach Biology in the Department of Natural & Health Sciences in the College of Arts & Sciences. Pascoe has served as Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs since 2008.
Currently, Roth serves as the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Alvernia University in Reading, Pennsylvania.
According to the press release, USF President Arvid C. Johnson, Ph.D. said, “Dr. Roth frequently cites the Franciscan ideal of ‘knowledge joined with love’ as one of the reasons she joined the community at Alvernia.” He continued, “As she joins the University of St. Francis, she looks forward to forging new relationships and living out the institution’s commitment to ‘reverence for creation, compassion and peacemaking,’ and she is excited to continue promoting the value of a Franciscan, Catholic education that prepares ethical leaders poised to make a positive difference in our world. We are honored to welcome her to our USF family.”
USF student Bennie Radford said, “While I don’t know much about serving as Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, I think it’s great that we are welcoming someone new to the USF family. We truly support each other here, and I know that Beth Roth will not be an exception.”
According to the University of St. Francis website, “Roth graduated from Vassar College with general and departmental honors and earned a Ph.D. in Music History and Theory from the University of Chicago in 1999.”
Roth will also be joining USF just in time to celebrate the university’s centennial in 2020. According to the press release, Roth is eager to share her ideas on how USF can use the positive energy around this event to set itself up for continued success for in the future.