Budzban to be Dean of SIUE College of Arts and Sciences

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Gregory Budzban, PhD, has been recommended as the new dean of the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville College of Arts and Sciences. Budzban’s permanent appointment is contingent upon SIU Board of Trustees approval.

Dr. Gregory Budzban

Dr. Budzban’s innovative vision and creative energy will enhance the future of the College of Arts and Sciences at SIUE

Gregory Budzban, PhD, has been recommended as the new dean of the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville College of Arts and Sciences. Budzban’s permanent appointment is contingent upon SIU Board of Trustees approval.

Budzban brings more than 25 years of academic experience, along with six years of professional experience from Martin Marietta Aerospace, to SIUE. He most recently served as chair of the department of mathematics and acting director of the STEM Education Research Center at Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC).

“Dr. Budzban’s innovative vision and creative energy will enhance the future of CAS, the foundation of the University’s liberal arts education,” said Parviz Ansari, SIUE provost and vice chancellor for Academic Affairs. “His focus on program development and research funding opportunities will allow CAS to continue to grow and meet the challenges of changing fiscal and academic environments.”

“Effective collaboration is essential to solve the increasingly complex problems facing universities and industries today,” said Budzban. “Fund raising is an important component of any dean position in the current academic climate. Additionally, program development is always an essential component of maintaining relevance and growth.”

Budzban maintains that educational leaders require an entrepreneurial spirit to achieve success. In 2014, he created the STEM Education Research Center at SIUC. As chair of the department of mathematics, he implemented the first university-wide online placement exam, “Early Intervention System” and “Success Course” structure.

“Every educational leader today must be at the forefront of the technological revolution,” explained Budzban. “My background in mathematics and computer sciences provides me with the precise qualifications necessary to take advantage of this on-going revolution.

“I look forward to working with the SIUE faculty and staff to build on my previous experience.”

Budzban received a bachelor’s in mathematics, a master’s in theoretical computer sciences and a doctorate in mathematics from the University of South Florida.

Budzban’s post will begin August 1, 2015. Dr. Stephen Hansen currently serves as interim dean of CAS following Dr. Aldemaro Romero’s resignation in December 2014.

Central to SIUE’s exceptional and comprehensive education, the College of Arts and Sciences has 19 departments and 85 areas of study. More than 300 full-time faculty/instructors deliver classes to more than 8,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Faculty help students explore diverse ideas and experiences, while learning to think and live as fulfilled, productive members of the global community. Study abroad, service-learning, internships, and other experiential learning opportunities better prepare SIUE students not only to succeed in our region's workplaces, but also to become valuable leaders who make important contributions to our communities.

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