Geoffrey L. Brackett

Executive Vice President

Geoffrey Brackett

Dr. Brackett comes to Marist after having served 20 years at Pace University in many capacities, most recently as Provost for and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs from 2007 to 2010.  He graduated with honors with a BA at DePauw University, and then took a DPhil in English Literature at the University of Oxford.  He started at Pace as an Assistant Professor of English on the New York City campus in 1990.  He served as Chairman of the Department of English from 2005 to 2006 and Associate Provost for Academic Affairs from 2006 to 2007.  He designed and directed the New York City Internship Program from 1999 to 2003, initially housed in the World Trade Center, which brought students from more than 50 universities around the world to study in New York City and to work at internships with major corporations.  He also created the Summer Scholars Program, which he led from 1998 to 2004.

A member of the Association of Governing Boards, the American Council on Education, and Council of Independent Colleges, Dr. Brackett is also a member of the Modern Language Association and the North American Society for the Study of Romanticism.  He serves on the boards of Target Margin Theatre Company in New York City and St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital in Orange County, New York (January 2011).  He has presented papers at numerous conferences.  His recent scholarship includes “The Ends of the Earth: How Polar Ice and Imagination Shaped the World.” Terrae Incognitae (Vol 42: 2010), which was was recently picked up in summary by the Boston Globe; “Thy fate and mine are not repose: The Hudson and its influence,” in Environmental History of the Hudson River: Human Uses that Changed the Ecology, Ecology that Changed Human Uses (SUNY Press, 2011).  In April 2010, he moderated a panel at Barnard College on “Navigating Sustainability: the Hudson and Beyond” for the Environmental Consortium of Hudson River Colleges and Universities River Summer Program, on whose Advisory Council he sits.  In February 2008, he lectured at the American Museum of Natural History during the New York City International Polar Weekend on the literary understanding of the Polar Regions in the context of environmental awareness.

While at Pace University, Dr. Brackett initiated academic partnerships with Amazon, The Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian, Shakespeare’s Globe and others.  He also co-chaired the Middle States Steering Committee from 2006-2007, served as the University Academic representative for the Collective Bargaining Committee, as a member on the Fulbright Committee (2003-2005), and was also an executive committee member of the Dyson Society of Fellows.  He oversaw the launch of the Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies ( which integrates academic approaches to environmental policy education among the Law School and other academic units, and also directly supervised the Wilson Center for Social Entrepreneurship.  In addition, he authored the first University grant from the Teagle Foundation for $75,000 and was one of the principal authors of the $3Million Verizon Foundation Thinkfinity grant.  He had been twice recognized for his outstanding teaching by Dyson College.  Dr. Brackett is currently editing a textbook of collected writings on the Hudson River, which grew out of courses he has taught, and has recently completed a travel memoir about his trips to Alaska and Antarctica.  Beyond his academic achievements, he is a songwriter and a musician and member of Broadcast Music, Inc.

Dr. Brackett lives with his wife, Danyelle Means, and their three sons Marley, Dylan, and Boone in the Town of Newburgh.