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Dr. Barbara B. Dixon Appointed Provost

Date Released: 4/8/2011

President Schwarz has appointed Dr. Dixon as the new Provost beginning August 1. Details.

President Thomas J. Schwarz has appointed Barbara B. Dixon as the new Provost of Purchase College, State University of New York beginning August 1, 2011.


“Dr. Dixon’s experiences as a strategic administrator and educator in higher education make her an excellent choice for Provost,” said President Schwarz.  “She is familiar with the SUNY System and based on her recent tenure at Lock Haven University in Pennsylvania, we are confident that she will be instrumental in helping Purchase College achieve its goals in accordance with our strategic plan. On behalf of faculty and students, I look forward to welcoming Dr. Dixon as we begin planning for our next academic year.”


Dr. Barbara Dixon began her academic career as a professor of Music and then became interim dean of Central Michigan University.  She served as Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs at SUNY Geneseo from 1997-2003. 


As President and Professor of Music at Truman State University in Missouri from 2003-2008, she developed a plan to launch the university’s first comprehensive fundraising campaign, helped stabilize enrollment after a  decline; and oversaw facilities improvements that included construction of  and the renovation of residence halls and the student union building.


As Interim President of Lock Haven University in Pennsylvania, she steered the completion of the Strategic Plan and the necessary follow up to the University’s Middle States accreditation evaluation.


“Her insights will be invaluable as we continue to draft our Middle States self-study report at Purchase and begin to implement our own strategic plan’s four directions,” said President Schwarz.


Barbara Dixon earned her bachelors and masters degrees in music from Michigan State University and received a Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance, Literature and Pedagogy from the University of Colorado.


She has served on the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s President’s Council and the Professional Development Committee of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU).  She was president of the Council of Public Higher Education, the organization that comprises the CEO‘s of Missouri’s four-year public universities, and the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges, a national consortium of public liberal arts colleges.


As a musician she has been a performer, soloist and accompanist with chamber groups.