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(The Daily Princetonian)–Valerie Smith, an English and African American studies professor, will succeed Nancy Malkiel as the next dean of the college, the University announced Tuesday. Her appointment, effective July 1, 2011, will make her the highest-ranking African-American administrator in University history. Smith served as the founding director of the University’s Center for African American Studies from 2006 to 2009 and is credited with expanding its interdisciplinary curriculum and role in Princeton’s liberal arts education. She was awarded the President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching in 2009, which recognizes excellence in undergraduate and graduate teaching by Princeton faculty members.

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