Leadership Changes in Academic Affairs at York College

As you are aware, Dr. Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith assumed the presidency of Fort Valley State University in Georgia effective July 22, 2013 thus requiring new leadership in Academic Affairs at York College.

I am, therefore, pleased to confirm that upon my recommendation the Board of Trustees has approved the interim appointment as Provost and Senior Vice President of Dr. Panayiotis Meleties who has served York since 2006 in various titles and most recently as Dean of Arts & Sciences. As you know, Dr. Meleties joined York in 2006 from Bronx Community College where he was professor of Chemistry and chair of the Chemistry Department. During his time at York, Dr. Meleties has been a key partner with Provost Griffith in leading the academic revival at York College including but not limited to restructuring the college into three schools; recruiting and orienting new faculty; creating new majors and programs; developing grants to support students in their undergraduate research and other enterprises; and most recently and importantly, providing leadership on the CUNY Pathways and CUNYfirst transitions. All of these experiences and more are a platform that provides the college with a seamless leadership transition for the upcoming academic year while York launches a search for a permanent provost.

I am also pleased to announce that I will recommend to the Board of Trustees that Dr. Donna Chirico be appointed effective August 1, 2013 as the Interim Dean of Arts & Sciences. Dr. Chirico, a proud York alumna, started her academic career in 1993 as a lecturer in the Psychology Department and achieved the rank of full professor effective fall 2012. An active scholar and a campus leader, Dr. Chirico has served as chair of the Behavioral Sciences Department since 2009. She facilitated the smooth passage through the curriculum process of the college's ROTC program and served as the York College chair of the Pathways Committee. Additionally, Dr. Chirico has served as a co-chair for the college's Periodic Review Report Committee to Middle States and is active in other campus leadership roles like the Quantitative Reasoning Project, Professor 201, and the like. CUNY-wide, Dr. Chirico is a member of the Faculty/Staff Advisory Council of the John D. Calandra Institute for Italian American Studies, serving as co-chair of that body since 2008. Dr. Francisco Villegas, associate professor, will assume the role of Interim Chair of Behavioral Sciences.

I know the college community will join me in congratulating the new academic leaders and in providing the support they need to make a seamless leadership transition. I ask that you support them all in their new roles so that York College will continue to make the ambitious academic progress that our York College students deserve and have come to expect.

Marcia V. Keizs
President, York College

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