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Patricia Willett Cummins, American Academic administrator. Avocations: tennis, squash, softball, volleyball, bridge. F C. Recipient Young Scholars award Mediaeval Academy American, 1977; National Endowment for Humanities fellow,1976-1977; grantee French Government Business, 1983, unites states department Education, 1986, 87-89, Quebec (Canada) Government, 1979.


Cummins, Patricia Willett was born on October 16, 1948 in Worcester, Massachusetts, United States. Daughter of Warren Joseph and Mary (Shannon) Willett.


Bachelor cum laude, Smith College, 1970. Master of Arts, University Rochester, 1971. Doctor of Philosophy, University North Carolina, 1974.


Assistant professor Lafayette College, Easton, Pennsylvania, 1973-1974. From assistant professor to professor West Virginia University, Morgantown, 1974-1984. Professor, department chairperson Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, 1984-1989.

Dean Arts and Humanities State University of New York, Buffalo, 1989-1995. Dean Arts and Sciences University Toledo, Ohio, 1995—1999, professor French, 1995-2000. Vice provost academy affairs.

Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, 2000—2001, professor French, since 2000.


  • Avocations: tennis, squash, softball, volleyball, bridge. F C.



Board directors Arts in Education Institute Western New York, 1990-1995, Buffalo-Lille Sister Cities,Pick of the Crop Dance Ensemble, 1992-1995. Member Modern Language Association (delegate assembly 1979-1981), International Courtly Literature Society (chief bibliographer 1979, bibliographer 1974-1983), Society for Text and Music, American Association Teachers French (vice president 1985-1991, chair pedagogical commission 1985-1991, co-chair proficiency commission 1990-1992, chair French Business commission 1993-1996, chair commission on universities 2003^), Southeastern Medieval Association (vice president 1981-1983, president 1983-1985), American Council Teaching Foreign Languages, Council Colleges Arts and Sciences (chair commission on comprehensive institutions 1994-1996, member committee on long term planning 1995-1996, chair committee on metropolitan universities 1996-1998, member executive board 1996-1998).


  • Other Interests

    Tennis, squash, softball, bridge.


Married Christopher J. Cummins, October 4, 1975. Children: John, Mary.

Warren Joseph Willett

Mary (Shannon) Willett

Christopher J. Cummins

John Cummins

Mary Cummins