Ansari named dean of LAS at Rowan

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Parviz H. Ansari has been named the new dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Rowan University, effective July 1. 

Parviz H. Ansari has been named the new dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Rowan University, effective July 1.
 
Ansari previously served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Planning in the College of Arts and Sciences at Seton Hall University.

In that role, he was the architect of the college's strategic plan and led its planning and development, oversaw more than 15 centers and special programs, and directed Project Acceleration, a concurrent enrollment program for more than 2,500 advanced high school students.

Additionally, he co-chaired Seton Hall's effort to internationalize its campus and spearheaded the university's strategic planning of the environmental stewardship and sustainability initiative. He has an extensive leadership background working with various  divisions within the university on matters related to faculty, students, fundraising, enrollment management, and information technology.

"Dr. Ansari's unique blend of experiences in higher education, especially his work with the American Council on Education, makes him the ideal person to lead our College of Liberal Arts and Sciences," said Rowan Provost Ali Houshmand.

"Certainly, the leadership he brings to the University, its faculty and its students will help lead us during this time of rapid growth."

Ansari earned both his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Tufts University and joined the faculty of Seton Hall's physics department in 1983. Under his leadership as chair for 12 years, his department was one of the fastest-growing departments in the college and received national recognition.

He performed his research at Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source laboratory and Brookhaven National Laboratory and was a visiting scientist at Center for Ceramic Research and Bellcore.

Ansari was an American Council on Education fellow for 2005-2006 at George Washington University and also was a fellow with Leadership New Jersey, a program which develops leaders in the state and educates them about the public and government issues in New Jersey.

Ansari replaces Jay Harper who served as dean of LAS for a decade. Harper has joined the University of Mary Washington in Virginia as provost.

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