Meleties Appointed York College Provost

Following a national search, I am pleased to announce that the Board of Trustees has approved the appointment of Dr. Panayiotis Meleties as our new Provost/Senior VP of Academic Affairs, effective January 12, 2015.

Dr. Meleties earned his doctorate in Chemistry from the CUNY Graduate School and certificates in academic leadership from Cornell University and Harvard Higher Education Institutes. He completed his undergraduate work in Chemistry from the University of Athens.

Dr. Meleties' most recent academic leadership experience includes service as interim Provost at York College. At York College, he also served as the Dean of Academic Affairs and Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences. Before his appointments at York College, he served as the chair of the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Technology at Bronx Community College where he started his faculty tenure.

Currently, Dr. Meleties is an appointed professor 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 in and was instrumental in developing new degree programs to promote student recruitment and retention especially in the sciences. Many of the undergraduate and graduate students he mentored went on to earn Ph.D.'s, Pharm. D.'s and MD degrees, along with national awards.

At York, Provost Meleties has played a key role in restructuring the College into three schools; recruiting and orienting new faculty; organizing and supporting faculty development programs; creating new majors and programs; developing grants to support students in their undergraduate research and other enterprises; and providing leadership in the CUNY Pathways and CUNYfirst transitions.

Dr. Meleties has been the recipient of numerous grants to support his research and other interests, including awards from the National Science Foundation and the Department of Education.

Please join me in welcoming Provost Meleties to his new position and wishing him continued success.

Marcia V. Keizs