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Gary Marotta, a scholar and longtime administrator at universities in Louisiana and Brooklyn, has been named to the dual position of provost and vice president for academic affairs at Buffalo State College. His appointment to the institution's top academic post follows a yearlong search and will be effective in January.

"We have found a provost with the breadth of administrative experience and the depth of scholarly accomplishments needed to help us meet such challenges for our future as solidifying our institutional mission," Buffalo State President Muriel A. Howard said.

Marotta, vice president for academic affairs at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette for the past decade, will succeed Thomas J. Quatroche Sr., a veteran Buffalo State administrator and professor, who stepped down as provost and academic vice president a year ago.

Dennis K. Ponton, also a longtime administrator and faculty member at the college, has served in the dual post in the interim and will continue to do so unti Marotta comes on board.

"I am enthusiastic about coming to Buffalo and Buffalo State College," Marotta said. "One of the things I found most compelling about the college is its strong commitment to high-quality undergraduate education."

As Buffalo State's top academic officer, Marotta will oversee 407 full-time and 223 part-time faculty who teach nearly 11,000 students in 71 undergraduate and 35 graduate-level programs.

Before joining the University of Louisiana administration in 1989, he held a number of positions at the Brooklyn Campus of Long Island University including dean of the School of Communications and Visual and Performing Arts; university dean of the Faculty of Communications, Computer and Information Sciences; and dean of instructional resources.

Marotta holds a doctorate in American history from New York University and is an adviser to the George Polk Awards in Journalism as well as a trustee of the Long Island Historical Society.

He is the author of the 1970 book "MacArthur's Japan" and co-author of "Auguste Rodin," a publication prepared for a major retrospective of Rodin's work at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1986. Marotta also has written numerous articles for scholarly journals and trade publications.

He serves on the board of directors of the High School of Telecommunication Arts and Technology in New York City. He is a member of Phi Kappa Phi national honor society and the American Historical Association.

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