Rowan University names new dean of Science & Mathematics

Rowan University names new dean of Science & Mathematics

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Rowan University has appointed Dr. Cristian Botez as dean of its College of Science & Mathematics and School of Health Professions, effective Aug. 1.

Botez, who most recently served as professor in and chairman of the Department of Physics at the University of Texas at El Paso, replaces Dr. Karen Magee-Sauer, who served as dean for four years.

Prior to joining the University of Texas, Botez was a postdoctoral fellow in materials physics at Brookhaven National Laboratory and earned his Ph.D. and M.S. in physics from the University of Missouri–Columbia and his B.S. in engineering physics from the University of Bucharest in Romania.

Widely published in peer-reviewed journals and an invited speaker at national and international professional conferences, Botez has been awarded more than $3 million for research from organizations that include the Department of Defense, National Science Foundation, Research Corporation and American Chemical Society. He has received numerous awards for his work from the University of Texas, The Soros Foundation for An Open Society, the Polytechnic Institute of Turin and more.

At the University of Texas at El Paso, Botez oversaw a department with a strong focus on funded research that grew its undergraduate enrollment by 50 percent in just two years and ranked first in the state for the number of physics master’s degrees awarded. He also facilitated the enrollment and success of underrepresented populations in the discipline.

At Rowan, Botez will oversee the largest college at the University, along with the school. They have more than 5,000 students enrolled in nine departments.

Dr. James Newell, Rowan’s provost, said the University conducted a national search for the new dean. “Dr. Botez is an exceptionally good fit for our growing College of Science & Mathematics and School of Health Professions. His academic credentials and research prowess will make him an ideal leader and mentor for the wave of new research faculty we have hired during the past five years, while his commitment to improving the education for the next generation of scientists and health professionals is unmatched.”

“I am really excited to join Rowan as dean of its College of Science & Mathematics and School of Health Professions. This is a time of great opportunity for the college and school, and I look forward to working with the faculty, staff and students to further build on the momentum generated by their many achievements,” Botez said.