Today, University of Dallas President Thomas W. Keefe appointed Peter Hatlie to the newly-created position of vice president, dean and director of the university's Rome Program.
"As both an educator and administrator, Dr. Hatlie possesses an exceptional - and unique - combination of skills that has greatly benefited our Rome Program and campus," said Keefe. "His extensive knowledge of other American universities with similar programs throughout Europe will continue to be a valuable resource in this expanded role as we further develop this distinctive part of UD's culture."
In making this appointment, which was approved by the university's Board of Trustees and reviewed by the Faculty Senate, the University of Dallas will continue to draw on Hatlie's teaching experience and study abroad expertise to enhance development of its "Rome Experience." For more than a decade, he has served in various capacities with the nationally-recognized study abroad program, most recently as the dean and director of the campus. He will continue in that role, teaching, acting as an academic dean and managing the Rome campus.
"There will be little change in the current academic protocol as it relates to our Rome Program," said Keefe. "Dr. Hatlie and our academic leadership will be working together to continue advancing one of the university's flagship programs."
Hatlie holds a bachelor's degree in classics from St. Olaf College, as well as master's and doctoral degrees in medieval and Byzantine history from Fordham University. Before arriving on the University of Dallas Rome campus in 1999, he taught in Bulgaria, the Netherlands and Turkey. With the University of Dallas, he has served as acting academic director of the Rome Program, until being appointed dean and director of the Rome Campus. Hatlie also teaches history and ancient Greek.