Scott Halvorson, son of Richard and Dorothy Halvorson of Jamestown, has been named dean of students of Columbia University School of General Studies in New York.

Halvorson has been at Columbia University since 1996. He graduated from Jamestown High School in 1980 and earned his Bachelor of Arts from Jamestown College in 1984. He holds master's degrees from Columbia, Harvard and Rutgers universities.

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During his tenure at GS, he has acted as director of the Program for Academic Leadership and Service and associate director of the Global Scholars Program. He has regularly taught a class in screenwriting at Columbia's School of the Arts and is currently teaching a course in the Columbia Core, university writing. Halvorson has led the student services operation of general studies on an interim basis since June 2008, when former Dean of Students Mary McGee left the position.

"Since Dean McGee's departure, the Dean of Students Office has undergone a major organizational restructuring aimed at addressing the complex needs of our unique college, providing improved services to students and forging more collaborative relationships with the leadership of the Office of Student Affairs for Columbia College, the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science and Barnard College," Peter Awn, dean of the School of General Studies, wrote in an e-mail message announcing Halvorson's promotion. "Throughout this time, Dean Halvorson has proven to be a talented administrator and capable leader who is passionate about the mission of GS and its students. I look forward to collaborating with Dean Halvorson as he works to help the School of General Studies achieve even greater levels of distinction in the coming years."