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Dr. Theresa Westbay Named Interim Dean of St. John Fisher College School of Arts and Sciences

April 1, 2015

Dr. Theresa Westbay was recently named the interim dean of the St. John Fisher College School of Arts and Sciences. Her appointment is effective July 1, 2015.

Theresa Westbay

Theresa Westbay

Dr. Theresa Westbay was recently named the interim dean of the St. John Fisher College School of Arts and Sciences. Her appointment is effective July 1, 2015. Prior to her selection, Westbay served as an associate professor of biology.

Westbay has been with the College since 1994, when she joined the Department of Biology as a visiting assistant professor. She became an assistant professor in 1996, was promoted to associate professor in 2001, and served as the chair of biology from 2006 to 2011.

 “Dr. Westbay’s academic and professional tenure at Fisher, from her time as a student through her time as a faculty member, has made her a good fit for the position of interim dean of the School of Arts and Sciences. Her commitment to the students and to the mission of the College will be an asset to all of us,” said Dr. Donald E. Bain, president of St. John Fisher College.

Her professional activities at the College include co-chairing the 2006 Middle States Decennial Evaluation and 2011 Periodic Reviews, her role as health professions advisor from 2001 to 2004, curricular development, programmatic assessment, faculty professional development programming, and service on a variety of school and college-wide committees.  She is a founding member of the Science and Technology Alumni Affinity Group and Steering Committee.  In 2013, Westbay was the recipient of a faculty fellowship from the Community Center for Teaching Excellence and was recognized by the Student Government Association as the Faculty Member of the Year in 2011.

Westbay is an alumna of St. John Fisher College, graduating summa cum laude in 1986 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in biology and minors in English and chemistry. She went on to complete her master's and doctoral degrees in microbiology and immunology at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in 1990 and 1994, respectively.

Off campus, Westbay is the chair of the Academic and Student Affairs Committee of the Board of Trustees of Our Lady of Mercy School for Young Women. She has also been a scientist/educator for the American Chemical Society Adopt-a-School Program and Allen Creek Elementary School.

A native of Churchville, N.Y., Westbay currently resides in Pittsford with her husband, Joseph Westbay. They are the parents of a daughter (Katherine) and son (James), both of whom are currently pursuing undergraduate degrees.