Three faculty members have been promoted to leadership
positions in the Alva J. Calderwood School of Arts and Letters at Grove City
College. The positions are effective Aug. 1, 2013, prior to the next academic
Dr. David Ayers, now the assistant dean of the Calderwood
School, will become the new dean. He will replace current Dean Dr. John Sparks
’66, who is retiring at the end of 2012-13 academic year.
Ayers joined the faculty in 1996 as assistant professor of
sociology and in 1999 was appointed chair of the Department of Sociology. In
2003, he was named to the assistant dean position. He earned his bachelor of
arts degree from Edinboro State University, a master of arts from American
University and his Ph.D. from New York University.
The two faculty members named as assistant deans of the
Calderwood School are Dr. Paul Kemeny and Dr. Michelle McFeaters ’88, ’02.
Kemeny joined the College in 2000 and is a professor of biblical and religious
studies and humanities. He earned his bachelor of arts degree from Wake Forest
University, a master of arts in religion and a master of divinity from
Westminster Theological Seminary, a master of theology from Duke University and
a Ph.D. from Princeton Seminary.
McFeaters has served the College since 1995, earlier as
director of financial services and then as a member of the faculty since 2007.
She is currently an assistant professor of accounting. She earned her bachelor
of arts then master of science in accounting degrees at Grove City College, and
her doctor of business administration with a major in accounting at Anderson
The Alva J. Calderwood School of Arts and Letters was
dedicated in 2002 in honor of Dr. Alva J. Calderwood (Class of 1896), a
professor for 53 years and dean of the College for 35 years. It includes the
Departments of Accounting, Biblical and Religious Studies, Business,
Communication Studies, Economics, Education, English, Entrepreneurship,
History, Modern Languages, Music and Fine Arts, Philosophy, Political Science,
Psychology and Sociology.