Kenneth S. Greenberg Dean of College of Arts and Sciences


BOSTON, MA - Distinguished Professor of History Kenneth S. Greenberg, nationally acclaimed history filmmaker and author, has been named Dean of Suffolk University's College of Arts and Sciences, succeeding Michael R. Ronayne, Jr.

Greenberg joined the History Department at Suffolk University in 1978 and has chaired the History and Philosophy departments since 1989. He became Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences in 2000 and was named Distinguished Professor of History in July 2003.

“Dean Greenberg is a gifted scholar, and he has been a strong and enthusiastic leader within the University for many years,” said Suffolk University President David J. Sargent. “We look forward to his guidance at a critical time of growth and development in the College.”

Suffolk's new Dean is a filmmaker and has written or edited a number of books, articles and other published material.

Greenberg's award-winning film, Nat Turner: A Troublesome Property , made in partnership with director Charles Burnett and producer Frank Christopher, was screened nationally on PBS stations in February as part of the Independent Lens film series. He is now the consulting producer for the film series Re-Making American Medicine.

Greenberg is the author of Honor and Slavery: Lies, Duels, Noses, Masks, Dressing as a Woman, Gifts, Strangers, Humanitarianism, Death, Slave Rebellions, the Proslavery Argument, Baseball, Hunting and Gambling in the Old South (Princeton University Press) and Masters and Statesmen: The Political Culture of American Slavery (Johns Hopkins University Press). Most recently, he edited Nat Turner: A Slave Rebellion in History and Memory (Oxford University Press).

Dean Ronayne is retiring for medical reasons after 38 years with the University. He was a Chemistry Professor before becoming Dean of the College in 1972. As Dean, he led the College along a path of growth and diversification, overseeing a significant increase in the number and variety of graduate programs. The Board of Trustees and President Sargent have conferred upon him, in recognition of their profound admiration and gratitude for his many years of outstanding leadership, the title of Dean Emeritus.

“Michael Ronayne accomplished many things, but his legacy is his steadfast conviction that the heart of the institution is its students,” said Sargent. “He encouraged the attentive relationship between our faculty and students that has stirred many of our scholars to great achievements. Their accomplishments are his true inspiration and reward.”

Greenberg, who has served as acting Dean while Ronayne was on medical leave, paid tribute to his predecessor as he looked to the future.

“Dean Ronayne pursued a bold strategy in expanding course and degree offerings, and he equipped the College to meet the needs of students raised in a technological age,” said Greenberg. “I look forward to supporting the faculty and students so that the College can achieve the recognition it so richly deserves.”

Greenberg holds a PhD in American History from the University of Wisconsin, an MA in American History from Columbia University, and a BA from Cornell University.

He resides in Newton Centre, Massachusetts with his wife, Judith G. Greenberg, a Professor of Law at New England School of Law. They have three daughters.

Suffolk University, located on Boston's historic Beacon Hill, with campuses in Madrid, Spain and Dakar, Senegal (Africa), is a comprehensive global institution distinguished by its teaching and the intellectual contributions of its faculty. Suffolk offers a wide range of undergraduate and graduate programs in more than 70 areas of study. Its mission is to provide quality education at a reasonable cost for students of all ages and backgrounds, with strong emphasis on diversity. Suffolk has a combined enrollment of more than 7,500 full-time students at its Law School, College of Arts and Sciences and Sawyer School of Management.

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