A Dean’s First Days

Gary G. Bennett, an award-winning instructor and scholar of health behavior, began his term as dean of Trinity College of Arts & Sciences on Feb. 1. In an inaugural message to Trinity faculty and staff, he reflected on how the college is uniquely prepared to meet the challenges facing higher education – and to lead the way for others – as a consistently excellent academic community.

Bennett's approach to his first weeks in office is to "learn Trinity as a newcomer might...engaging with as many colleagues as possible to learn more about our work, the challenges we face, and our shared aspirations." The images that follow capture just a few of those interactions during his earliest days as dean.

Gary Bennett at desk in new office