Brooklyn College Establishes Four New Schools

Sep 22, 2011, 13:35 ET from Brooklyn College


BROOKLYN, N.Y., Sept. 22, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As the new academic year gets underway, President Karen L. Gould officially welcomes the founding deans of four new schools, completing the final stage of an ambitious academic reorganization started less than two years ago. Together with the existing School of Education, founded in 1971, the new structure will streamline the college's operations, raise the profile of its nationally recognized academic programs, and expand partnership opportunities in Brooklyn and beyond.

"I look forward to working with our new deans as we shape these new schools into centers of academic excellence on our campus," said Gould, who advocated for this administrative transformation upon taking office in 2009. "We now have a leadership team that will provide direct support to our students and faculty, and will collaborate with department chairs to provide the best possible academic experience for our students."

Until July 2011, the college was comprised of 32 departments and 10 interdisciplinary programs which reported to Provost William A. Tramontano. The college took a fiscally responsible approach to the reorganization. By streamlining operations in the Office of the Provost, distributing oversight of graduate programs and research to each of the schools, and reassigning existing staff, the new schools were established without creating additional positions and with minimal new funds.

The new deans are:  

  • Maria Ann Conelli '80 of the School of Visual, Media and Performing Arts is a Brooklyn College alumna. Conelli's career has spanned both museum and academic setting, most recently serving as executive director of the American Folk Art Museum, and as dean of the School of Graduate Studies and acting dean of the School of Art and Design at the Fashion Institute of Technology.
  • Willie E. Hopkins of the School of Business comes from California State University, Chico, where he served as dean of the College of Business for six years. Prior to that, he served as dean of the School of Business and Technology at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and as associate dean for research and administration at Colorado State University.
  • Kimberley L. Phillips of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences comes from the College of William and Mary, where she has served as the Frances L. and Edwin L. Cummings Associate Professor of History and American Studies since 2004. She is a distinguished lecturer for the Organization of American Historians and has received fellowships and awards from Harvard University and Wellesley College, among others.
  • Kleanthis Psarris of the School of Natural and Behavioral Sciences was until recently the chair of the Department of Computer Science at the University of Texas at San Antonio, as well as director of its Center of High Performance Computing and Software.

They join Deborah A. Shanley, who has served as dean of the School of Education at Brooklyn College since 1998.

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SOURCE Brooklyn College