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A Message from President Eanes on Interim Provost

To the York College Community:

It is my pleasure to announce the appointment of Dr. Derrick Brazill as Interim Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, effective August 17, 2020. In this critical role, Dr. Brazill’s experience and skills will support the advancement of York’s mission and strategic plan. I am confident he will be a strong colleague for chairs, faculty, and staff and is deeply committed to the mission of CUNY coming to us from Hunter College.

Dr. Brazill received his BS in Biology from Stanford and his PhD in Molecular and Cell Biology from the University of California at Berkeley. After a post-doctoral position at Rice University, he became an Assistant Professor at Hunter College in 1999 and is now a full Professor. 

In his 21 years at Hunter, he has led a productive, federally-funded research program studying the regulation of cell adhesion and motility, an important process that becomes dysregulated in diseases such as metastatic cancer and atherosclerosis. He has also been an active member of the Hunter College Senate, serving on committees and shepherding curricular initiatives including the creation of an interdisciplinary major in Human Biology. For the last 16 years, he has been the Director of the Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC) Program, a National Institutes of Health-sponsored program designed to increase the number of underrepresented minorities pursuing PhD degrees in the biomedical sciences. As Chair of the Department of Biological Sciences for the last six years, he has overseen the restructuring of the major and a consequent doubling of the number of students pursuing it.

Dr. Brazill has received several honors including being the inaugural speaker for the “Lecture in Mentoring Excellence” at the National Institutes of Health and the recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, “the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on outstanding scientists and engineers beginning their independent careers”. 

Please join me in welcoming Interim Provost Brazill to York College! I will be sure that he has ample opportunity to meet the campus community virtually over the next few weeks.

Berenecea Johnson-Eanes, President

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