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Gabriel Barreneche
April 10, 2024

Berry College Dean named Oglethorpe University Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

The Berry College Dean of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences has been chosen as the Provost for Oglethorpe University in Atlanta.

Oglethorpe University President Kathryn McClymond has named Gabriel Barreneche Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs following a national search. He will join the Oglethorpe administration July 1.

“Dr. Barreneche has a demonstrated commitment to student success, classroom instruction, innovation, and fostering multicultural perspectives,” McClymond said. “I believe with Dr. Barreneche’s appointment and with the help of our faculty, Oglethorpe is well-positioned to being recognized as Atlanta’s premier undergraduate learning experience.”

As chief academic officer and a member of the senior administrative leadership team, Barreneche will oversee all academic affairs and faculty, as well as the Office of the Registrar, Academic Success, Weltner Library, Global Education and the Oglethorpe University Museum of Art.

“Dean Barreneche has demonstrated principled leadership in the Evans School, organizing strategic discussions among the faculty about the school’s direction and purposeful work with students. I am grateful for his kind collegiality and how he has enriched the Berry community during his time as dean,” said Berry Provost David Slade.

In his role at Berry, Barreneche served as the chief academic, administrative and budgetary officer for the Evans School where he supervised 69 full-time faculty in nine academic departments and 17 academic majors. He previously served as Associate Dean for Advising in the College of Liberal Arts at Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla.

Among his many publications are the co-edited volume “Educational Technology for the Global Village: Worldwide Innovation and Best Practices” and “Reciprocity and Partnership: How Do We Know it Is Working?” which he co-authored in “Reconceptualizing Faculty Development in Service-Learning/Community Engagement.”

A member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society, Barreneche earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish from Boston College and his Master of Arts and Ph.D. in Hispanic Languages and Literature from the University of California, Los Angeles.



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