Purchase, NY (Vocus) February 21, 2010
Manhattanville College is pleased to announce that it has selected Gail M. Simmons, Ph.D. to serve as the new Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.
Dr. Simmons comes to Manhattanville after over 20 years in higher education as both a faculty member and an administrator. She received her BS in Biology (with a minor in Classics) from the University of Pittsburgh and a Ph.D. in Genetics from the University of California at Davis. She served as Staff Fellow in the Laboratory of Molecular Genetics at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences before joining the biology faculty of the City College of New York, the Flagship campus of City University of New York, in 1989.
Prior to joining Manhattanville, she served as Dean of Science and Technology at the College of Staten Island, as Founding Dean of the School of Science at The College of New Jersey and as Associate Dean of Science at the City College. While on the faculty at CCNY her research program concerned the molecular evolution of transposable genetic elements (jumping genes) in the fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster.
“I am deeply honored to have been selected to serve Manhattanville College,” stated Dr. Simmons. “I look forward to working with President Smith, the faculty, students, staff and the community in shaping the College’s future and strengthening its proud traditions of service and global education.”
As an academic administrator, her work has revolved around building disciplinary and interdisciplinary programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels, providing leadership and support for outcomes assessment initiatives and accreditation processes, strengthening general education curricula, expanding and improving facilities, and developing new funding sources to support the academic enterprise. She derives a great deal of satisfaction from working to empower faculty, staff and students to realize their full potential and move her institution forward.
Lisa Cesarano/Giles Communications
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