President Paula Johnson announced at the Wellesley College 139th Commencement Ceremony that Lia and Bill Poorvu have established a President's

Fund for Academic Initiatives with a very significant commitment.  In honor of this generosity and to show gratitude for her efforts as a

champion of faculty and academic innovation, the College is naming the Dean of the College, the lead academic officer for the College, in Lia’s name.

The endowed fund, and the naming of the Dean in Lia's honor,  will exist in perpetuity.  From this point forward, the Dean of the College will be known as the

Lia Gelin Poorvu '56 Dean of the College.  Andy Shennan has been the Dean for many years and is expected to continue in this position, but whoever inhabits the Deanship in the future will be known as the “Poorvu Dean.”