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Published: March 26, 2012

  • SEAS dean panel seeks input

    UB faculty, staff and students will have an opportunity to offer their input to the committee searching for the next dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences during two listening sessions to be held next month.

    The sessions will be held from 4-5 p.m. April 11 and April 12 in Agrusa Auditorium, 101 Davis Hall, the engineering school’s new building on the North Campus.

    The sessions are open to the entire university community; no RSVP is required.

    The search committee, led by co-chairs Venu Govindaraju, SUNY Distinguished Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, and E. Bruce Pitman, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, is holding the sessions to offer members of the UB community a chance to share their thoughts, concerns and other information pertinent to the panel’s efforts to secure the best candidates for the position.

    Faculty and staff also are invited to submit their input and questions to the committee via email at

    The committee held its preliminary organizational meeting on March 9, and is beginning to develop a position profile, advertisements and a website in support of the search.

    Interim Provost Bruce McCombe has said a pool of candidates will be developed during the summer, with finalists expected to visit campus during early fall. He anticipates have a new dean in place by next January.

    Rajan Batta, professor of industrial engineering, has been serving as acting and then interim dean of SEAS since April when Dean Harvey Stenger was named interim provost.

  • Faculty Senate to meet

    The full Faculty Senate will meet at 3 p.m. April 3 in the Center for Tomorrow, North Campus.

    The main item of business will be a discussion of the report of the Commission on Academic Excellence and Equity.

    The commission was formed in 2009 by then-Provost Satish K. Tripathi and charged with identifying barriers that impede faculty success and making specific recommendations designed to lift these barriers and allow all faculty to succeed—regardless of gender, race and ethnicity.

    The report will be presented by Athena Mutua, professor of law and commission chair.

    Also on the agenda is an update on the budget to be provided by Sean Sullivan, associate vice president for academic planning and budget.

    The meeting is open to all members of the UB community.

    For more information, contact the Faculty Senate office at 645-2003.