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Provost's Biography

Provost & Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

Dr. Panayiotis Meleties

has been appointed Provost and Sr. Vice President for Academic Affairs, effective January 12, 2015. Dr. Meleties received his doctorate in Chemistry from the CUNY Graduate School and certificates in academic leadership from Cornell University and Harvard University. He completed his undergraduate work in chemistry at the University of Athens. Prior to his current appointment, he served as the Dean of Academic Affairs at York College and, most recently, as Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences. He has also served as the chair of the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Technology at Bronx Community College.

Provost Meleties began his faculty tenure in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Technology at Bronx Community College and currently he is a professor of chemistry with appointments at York College and the CUNY Graduate School. The range of his scholarly interests includes the study of carbohydrates and their potential in synthetic chemistry to create novel antibiotic and antitumor agents, and related reactions and reaction mechanisms. In addition, Dr. Meleties has been interested and was instrumental in developing new degree programs to promote student recruitment and retention especially in the sciences. Throughout his tenure, Dr. Meleties mentored undergraduate and graduate students. Many of them went on to earn Ph.D.'s, Pharm. D.'s and MD degrees, along with national awards.

Dr. Meleties has been the recipient of numerous grants to support his research and other activities, including National Science Foundation and Department of Education awards. Through these awards he promoted the development of new degree programs, established related courses, internships, and summer research experiences for students and faculty. During his service as Dean of Academic Affairs at York College, Dr. Meleties organized and promoted faculty development programs, and the design and development of new degree programs and curriculum.