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Patricia Anne Lancaster joined the faculty of Rollins College in 1970 as a professor of French and humanities. For thirty-five years, Lancaster has not only worked for Rollins College as a teacher, but also as an able administrator.

Lancaster was born in Spartanburg, South Carolina. She studied French at Coker College and Emory University. She received her A.B. in 1963 from Coker, her M.A. in 1970 and her Ph.D. in 1971 from Emory.

Beginning her career as a professor, Lancaster joined the ranks of administrators in 1983 as the Associate Dean of Faculty for four years. She then served as the Director of International Programs from 1987 to 1991, the Dean of the Rollins Brevard Campus from 1994 to 2000, the Dean of the Hamilton Holt School from 1998 to 2003, the Interim Provost in 2000, and the Vice President and Provost of Rollins College in 2004.

Lancaster is a member of the Modern Language Association, the South Atlantic Modern Language Association, and the American Conference of Academic Deans. She received the Arthur Vining Davis Award for excellence in teaching in 1981, the Heart of Gold Award from the American Heart Association in 1998, the Hamilton Holt Award in 2001, and the National Endowment for the Humanities Grant.

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Lancaster discusses her decision to major in French

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Lancaster discusses her educational background

Lancaster3.mp3 (2451 kB)
Lancaster discusses her experiences as Dean of the Brevard campus

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Lancaster discusses a a trip to Martinique

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Lancaster discusses the greatest challenges of being the dean of the Holt school