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Duquesne Names Acting Dean of the McAnulty College and Graduate School

Dr. Albert C. Labriola, professor of English and Distinguished University Professor at Duquesne, has been named acting dean of the McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts at Duquesne. He replaces Dr. Francesco Cesareo, who has accepted the position of president with Assumption College.

During his term as acting dean, which begins July 1, Labriola will oversee the approval and implementation of the McAnulty College’s new core curriculum, and will guide the school through the Middle States Accreditation evaluation.

“I intend to build on the momentum developed by Dean Cesareo, to follow through on his many initiatives, and to develop other ideas in collaboration with the faculty in Liberal Arts,” said Labriola, who has been teaching at Duquesne since 1970.

Labriola has authored and edited numerous scholarly books and articles, and has earned four Presidential Excellence Awards and a Creative Teaching Award at Duquesne. An expert on British Poet John Milton, he is editor of Milton Studies and is an Honored Scholar of the Milton Society of America.  Labriola has been president of the Western Pennsylvania Council of Teachers of English since 1990 and has directed the English Festival at Duquesne University since 1993. He has received several fellowships, including eight National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar for School Teachers grants.

An alum of Duquesne University, Labriola earned his B.Ed. in English and education in 1961.  He also holds an M.A. in the teaching of English from Columbia University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in English from the University of Virginia. He and his wife, Regina, reside in Pleasant Hills.

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