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A Message from President Eanes about Academic Affairs

As we approach the start of the academic, I want to reflect on the leadership role of Provost Panayiotis Meleties and thank him for all of his contributions to York.

Provost Meleties began his tenure at York College as Acting Dean of Academic Affairs in August 2006. Since that time he served as Acting Dean and Dean of Academic Affairs, Dean of Arts and Sciences, Acting Provost, and eventually became Senior Vice President and Provost in 2015. During this time, he initiated, promoted, and supported policies and programs improving college operations, and professional growth as well as faculty and student success. 

He was instrumental in establishing and implementing student admission and advisement policies that eventually led to an improved student academic profile and at the same time increasing of enrollment to above 8,000 students and faculty ranks over 200 full-time faculty. Under his leadership, new academic departments were created out of other configurations (Biology, Chemistry, and Social Work) to promote and support faculty and student research and creativity and program development. Dr. Meleties instituted the YC Professor 101 to support and introduce new faculty to the college, YC Professor 201 to support tenured faculty to meet their research and scholarship requirements so they earn promotion, and instituted a bi-annual adjunct faculty orientation and training to ensure that CUNY, college and departmental policies are disseminated and implemented. These programs received high recognition throughout CUNY and other colleges have instituted similar programs. 

Under his stewardship the college organized its MSCHE response submitting two successful monitoring reports and the design and development of the next Strategic Plan. 

With a vision for academic excellence, Provost Meleties helped enhanced and enlarged
York’s footprint including:

  • expanding undergraduate research (including since 2008 a summer research program for students (high school and undergraduates));
  • promoting and supporting the development of niche and signature undergraduate and graduate programs such as the BS programs in Pharmaceutical Sciences and in Nursing; MS programs in Physician Assistant, Pharmaceutical Sciences & Business, Clinical Trials Management, Aviation Management, Social Work and in Nursing Education (pending NYSED approval) among others;
  • promoting and supporting York faculty participation in the CUNY doctoral programs; and
  • allocating support for graduate students many of whom completed their research and defended their theses/dissertations at York.

Provost Meleties has been the principal investigator on numerous, NSF, US DOE, US DOD and CUNY grant awards raising well over 20 million in support of the College, its students, and faculty. Under his leadership, York has hosted regional conferences of the American Chemical Society and the African American Studies among others and successfully used alternative modalities during Super Storm Sandy as well as since the start of the COVID-19 crisis.

In a career devoted to public higher education and supporting the mission of CUNY, Provost Meleties has been an exemplar of CUNY’s
motto: Eruditio populi liberi spes gentium – The education of free people in the hope of humanity. Dr. Meleties was truly a hands-on Provost, who always had time for everyone who stopped by to peek in his open office door. A friend and mentor to students, faculty, and staff alike, his personal touch will be missed. Once again, I thank Dr. Meleties for his service to York College and his open-door policy to students, faculty and staff alike. Please join me in wishing him well.

Be well,

Berenecea Johnson Eanes, President

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