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Provost's Monthy Report
Provost Monthly Report: May 2019

The month of May was especially eventful, one equally filled with joy and excitement, as the campus community prepared to host our biggest celebration honoring the accomplishments of our graduating class, a result of the work of the dedicated community of teachers, scholars, and staff at Lehman College. In this Provost's Monthly Report for May 2019, we provide highlights of a select number of initiatives and activities within the Division of Academic Affairs and Student Success and the College in furtherance of our College mission and the President’s priorities.

  • I was thrilled to join President Cruz, our school deans, faculty, staff, administration, prominent dignitaries, and families and friends of our students on May 30 at the 51st annual commencement of Lehman College in celebrating the largest graduating class in the college’s history: 3676 new graduates! They will join the workforce, enter graduate and professional programs for advanced degrees, and begin to make a difference in the Bronx and beyond, further cementing our role as CUNY’s most mission-critical college and the public anchor institution in the Bronx. Notable presenters at the ceremony on the college’s athletic field included Senator Chuck Schumer, Dr. Mildred Garcia, President of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, who was the keynote speaker, Dr. Martin Burke, CUNY Trustee and Chairperson of the CUNY Faculty Senate, Dr. Claudia Schrader, President of Kingsborough Community College, and Dr. Mary Pearl, Dean of the Macaulay Honors College. Along with families, friends, and College faculty and staff, they celebrated our graduates, many of whom are the first in their families to attend college. Dr. David Hyman, Associate Professor of English, and the recipient of this year’s Teacher of the Year Award, served as the master of ceremony, and Ms. Lourdes Bravo, was the student speaker. Professor Richard Birrittella of the Department of Physics and Astronomy received the Adjunct Teacher of the Year Award.

  • It was my first commencement in my role as Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Student Success, and I was very pleased to begin the day’s celebration with a welcome and introduction of the master of ceremony, and then the presentation to President Cruz of the recipients of the college’s honorary doctorate degrees (Dr. Mildred Garcia, Whitfield Lovell, an acclaimed visual artist, and Ivan Seidenberg, retired CEO of Verizon, Inc.), as well as presentation to President Cruz of candidates for the conferring of baccalaureate and masters degrees as well as certificates and advanced certificates, accompanied by the deans of our five schools (Dr. James Mahon, Arts & Humanities; Dr. Gaoyin Qian, Education; Dr. Jane MacKillop, Continuing & Professional Studies; Dr. Pamela Mills, Natural & Social Sciences; and Dr. Elin Waring, Health Sciences, Human Services, and Nursing). Justin Kelly, a member of the graduating class of 2020, sang the national anthem, while Rev. Dr. J.G. McCann, Sr., a member of the Lehman class of 1991 and pastor of St. Luke Baptist Church in Harlem, offered the invocation. Mr. Michael Yackira of the class of 1972, received the 2019 Alumni Achievement Award, and also presented the alumni address to members of the 2019 graduating class. Following the commencement ceremony, President Cruz hosted a luncheon for the special guests of the college.

  • Over the course of the month, I participated in ten pre-commencement celebrations across multiple schools, departments, and non-instructional units, and brought greetings at these events on behalf of President Cruz:

    • The 48th Annual Induction Ceremony of the Lehman Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest liberal arts’ honor society founded in 1776. The Lehman chapter began in 1970. At this event, I was also inducted as an honorary member by chapter President Dauben, Vice President Schwartz, Secretary Happaney.

    • The Lehman Urban Transformative Education (LUTE) Program Celebration, a program which began 20 years ago, to honor the accomplishments of students and alumni who have met the high standards of excellence established by the faculty in the School of Education.

    • The NYC Teaching Fellows Initiation Ceremony celebrating the accomplishments of individuals who want to fulfill a lifelong dream of becoming teachers. Managed through the School of Education and coordinated by Carole J. Browne, this partnership with the New York City Department of Education provides alternative certification for individuals who have made the decision to change careers. Graduates spend two years at Lehman, earning a Master’s degree, while also managing their classrooms, or working in administrative responsibilities in their schools. Deputy President, Borough of Bronx, Ms. Marricka Scott-McFadden, was the keynote speaker at the ceremony.

    • The Department of Social Work hosted two separate ceremonies celebrating 1) the completion of field work in the Baccalaureate program in Social Work, a program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education since 1983, and 2) the MSW Program celebration to mark the accomplishments of the newest crop of graduates in our Master’s Program in Social Work. The program began in 2005, and today, has 175 students at any given time, enrolled in three program tracks, and drawn from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds and nationalities, and ranging in age from 22 to 60 years. Agency partners joined department Chair, Dr. Carl Mazza, MSW Program Director, Dr. Joy Greenberg, along with other faculty members in the department in both celebrations.

    • Sigma Theta Tau, Delta Zeta Chapter hosted its 2019 Induction Ceremony to celebrate excellence in Nursing at the beautiful Marina Del Ray facility in the Bronx. This year’s induction celebration was a combined event with two colleges: Medgar Evers College of Nursing and Helene Fuld College of Nursing. Prominent dignitaries, community partners, and families and friends of the graduating class attended the event, and included Assemblywoman Karines Reyes, Congressional staff member Maximo Javier from Congressman Adriano Espaillat’s office, and Robert Church, Senior Vice President for Patient Care Services at St. Barnabas Hospital Health System, which has hired the largest number of Lehman’s nursing graduates in the last two years. Dr. Shirley Evers-Manly, Howard University Hospital Chief Nursing Officer, and niece of late Dr. Medgar Evers, was keynote speaker. The Sigma Tau International Honor Society of Nursing was founded in 1922, with a Lehman Chapter established 39 years ago. Professor Wanda Johnson served as mistress of ceremony for the event, while Dr. Alicia Georges, chair of the Department of Nursing brought welcome remarks.

    • The Honors Day Celebration of The Percy Ellis Sutton Search For Education, Elevation, and Knowledge (SEEK) Program was held on May 4. The Program, was established more than 50 years ago to provide access and opportunity to students who would not have had the opportunity to go to college. Program Director Dr. Hernandez provided welcome remarks while Dr. Rony Arauz, an alumnus of the program, was the keynote speaker.

    • The Urban Male Leadership Program (UMLP) and the CREAR (College Readiness, Achievement and Retention) Futuros programs' annual induction and awards ceremony was held on May 7. Currently in its 12th year of implementation, UMLP, with its focus on academic excellence and community responsibility, is designed to facilitate the successful recruitment, transition, and retention of first year and transfer students to Lehman College. UMLP Director Michael Deas led the ceremony, which was attended by many family members and friends of our graduating seniors.

    • Participated in the Honors Convocation held on May 28, along with President Cruz and School deans and Associate deans, as well as the Director of the Honors Program, Dr. Gary Schwartz. Ms. Carole Weisz served as mistress of ceremony, and Mr. Jarvis Bullock, Class of 2019 Psychology Major was the student speaker. The event included several awards honoring a number of students for their scholastic achievements. The awards are part of The Lehman Students’ Excellence Awards initiative launched during the spring semester by the Provost to support students’ excellence at the College. The initiative provides awards annually to recipients in each of the following categories: Outstanding Undergraduate Research, Outstanding Graduate Thesis/Project, Excellence in Leadership and Service, Excellence in Global Engagement, and Outstanding Graduating Seniors.

    • The 67th Annual Athletics Awards Dinner recognizing student athletic accomplishments was held on May 14. Director of Athletics Dr. Martin Zwiren coordinated the event, which was well attended by students and several staff, faculty, and supporters of our athletics program.

  • Other pre-commencement events held in May included: the Lehman College Student Government Association Senior Ball/Gala, Lehman College Nursing Department Pinning Ceremony, and the Mexican Studies Scholarship Award Ceremony.
  • The College submitted our Response to the Report of the Evaluation Team of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). President Cruz, Provost Nwosu, Interim Dean Lemons, and Lehman’s Self-Study Executive Committee led by Chair Ira Bloom, Kenneth Schlesinger, Gladys Maldoon, Vincent Prohaska, Jonathan Gagliardi, and Donald Sutherland, prepared the College’s Response. The team’s Report and the College’s Response are required parts of the process for re-affirmation of institutional accreditation. The Team, led by Dr. Sue Henderson, President, New Jersey City University (NJCU), was on campus from April 7-10, 2019, and met with many members of the college community, including faculty, staff, and students, as well as officials from CUNY and several members of the Board of Trustees. The Commission will make a final decision regarding re-affirmation of accreditation sometime in June.
  • Campus-wide conversation on assessment titled "Assessment Unpacked: Why? How? & Now What?" was held on May 6. Dr. Su Swarat, Assistant Vice President for Research, Assessment and Educational Effectiveness at Cal State Fullerton, facilitated the session, attended by more than 60 faculty and staff.

  • Earlier in the day, Provost Nwosu hosted a breakfast meeting with Dr. Swarat and members of the College Senate Ad-hoc Committee on Assessment, with Interim Dean Lemons in attendance. Discussions focused on strategies for building a sustainable campus assessment culture.

  • Provost Nwosu also had dinner meeting with Dr. Swarat focused on assessment and educational effectiveness, and included discussions about new online assessment management systems for tracking and documenting assessment activities.

  • Continued several campus-level meetings with appropriate stakeholders related to strengthening outcomes assessment and academic program review at the college. Also, continued conversations with key stakeholders on identifying a location for the Office of Assessment, as well as a faculty director of assessment and key staff for the office.
  • The Division of Academic Affairs and Student Success, in collaboration with the Division of Administration and Finance, the President’s Cabinet and the Dean’s Council, completed the development of a Strategic Growth and Investment Plan (SGIP). The plan advances the recommendations from our Middle States Self-Study, and includes strategies to ensure a sustainable financial path for the institution as CUNY’s most mission-critical college. Under this plan, Academic Affairs and Schools will have discretionary funds generated through efficiency savings and incentives that could now be repurposed towards strategic investments. Implementation of the plan begins in fall 2019.

  • At the May 8 General Faculty meeting, Provost Nwosu presented an outline of the areas of growth opportunities for the college (e.g. expanding our online footprint through the delivery of more fully online degree programs, especially at the graduate level, increasing international student recruitment, and expanding continuing education through strengthened partnerships among and between our five schools).

  • On May 31, the Ad-hoc Committee on International Student Recruitment established by the Provost submitted a 13-page report. The committee, chaired by Professor Teresita Levy, was charged in March 2019 to develop a plan to increase the number of matriculated international students at Lehman College, identify support services needed to attract and retain international students, and determine the budget impact of the recommended plan over the next three years. Other members of the committee are: Laurie Austin (Admissions), Amanda Dubois-Mwake (Community Engagement and New Student Orientation), Richard Finger (Graduate Studies), Yajaira Alvarez, representing Jonathan Gagliardi (Institutional Research), Goher Murtaza (Continuing Education), Bethania Orthega (Budget), and Steven Wyckoff (English Composition/Freshman Year Initiative). The report has also been disseminated to members of the President's Cabinet and the Council of Deans, and will be shared with other campus stakeholders. The Provost is especially grateful to Dr. Levy and the committee for the thoughtful recommendations in the report, and with the speed with which the committee completed this important assignment on behalf of the college.
  • The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs and the Office of the Provost hosted this year’s annual reception celebrating faculty achievements. Interim Dean Lemons presided over the celebration attended by many faculty and staff, and Provost Nwosu provided remarks highlighting the accomplishments of faculty during the previous year. A review of faculty submissions in Digital Measures (DM) for Lehman’s report to CUNY shows the following:

    • More than 1200+total records on scholarship and creative activity, comprising of:

      • 478 Publications = (Books, Journal Articles, Technical Reports, Commentary/Blogging, etc.)

      • 567 Conference Presentations & Invited Lectures

      • 122 Works of Creative Activity = (Art Shows, Music (Published/Performed), Performances (music, dance, theatre); Direction/Choreography/Dramaturgy, etc.

      • 3 Patents

    • All 28 academic departments, including the Library, had faculty submissions for the CUNY report

    • 242 faculty reported scholarship and creative activity for calendar year 2018 into DM for the CUNY report

  • A huge shout out to our faculty for this impressive list reflecting hard work, dedication, and passion and exemplifying Lehman’s commitment to combining the best qualities of teaching and research institutions where actively engaged faculty, staff, and students work in close collaboration to expand knowledge and lift the human spirit through research and creative activities. Thanks to the Office of Academic Personnel led by Ms. Debbie Rhem-Jackson for coordinating the submissions.
  • Office of the Provost hosted the New Faculty Luncheon with Lehman College Senior Leadership on May 15, a culminating activity of this year’s new faculty orientation series. The luncheon was held at the Tree House Conference Room of the Leonard Lief Library, and was attended by Provost Nwosu, Interim Dean Dan Lemons, and Alison Abreu, Faculty Development and Communications Specialist in the Office of the Provost. Thanks to Ms. Alison Abreu for coordinating the New Faculty Orientation Series during academic year 2018-2019 for the Office of the Provost.
  • The Faculty Personnel and Budget Committee (FP&B) of the College Senate endorsed the Department Scholarship Review/Approval Process at its meeting held on May 14 following extensive discussions. The process, which was developed by the Office of the Provost, in consultation with the Office of the Special Counsel and School Deans, streamlines the review and approval of what constitutes scholarship within an academic unit for the purposes of promotion and tenure utilizing a consultative process involving program faculty. Provost Nwosu had announced a pause on March 26, 2019 in the use of existing department scholarship statements in light of a pending grievance. The new process approved by FP&B allows for the following, beginning fall 2019: A department sub-committee will draft the scholarship statement. The department should review and vote on approval of the draft. The department P&B should review the scholarship statement and vote its approval. The department chair will then submit the scholarship statement to the school dean for review and approval by the school executive committee. The dean will then submit the approved scholarship statement to the Office of Academic Personnel in the Division of Academic Affairs and Student Success for review and approval by the FP&B Committee. The scholarship statement approved by the FP&B Committee will be circulated to department faculty.

  • This year's elections for three-year terms beginning July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2022, for the eight (8) academic units were held during the week of May 6-10, 2019. The results of the elections are as follows:




College Senate Rep


Terry Towery (on fellowship leave 2019–2020)

Melissa Brown elected Acting Chair, 2019–2020

Terry Towery (1)
Melissa Brown
Dr. Sharon Jordon
Sean McCarthy David Schwittek

(1) Dannielle Tegeder, in 2019-2020 as Towery on leave.

David Schwittek

Biological Sciences

Dr. Haiping Cheng

Dr. Haiping Cheng

Dr. Maryam Bamshad-Alavi

Dr. Edward Kennelly

Dr. Stephen Redenti

Dr. Moira Sauane

Dr. Gabriel Aisemberg

Journalism & Media Studies

Thomas O’Hanlon

Thomas O’Hanlon

Dr. Nicholas Boston

Dr. Jonah Brucker-Cohen

James Carney

Majorie Rosen

Christine McKenna

Latin American & Latino Studies

Dr. Teresita Levy

Dr. Teresita Levy

Dr. David Badillo

Dr. Laird Bergad

Dr. Forrest Colburn

Dr. Milagros Ricourt

Dr. Sarah Ohmer

Languages & Literature

Dr. Daniel Fernández

Dr. Daniel Fernández

Dr. Óscar Martin

Dr. Juan Jesús Payán

Dr. Carmen Saen-de-Casas

Dr. Thomas Spear

Dr. Marco Ramirez





Middle & High School Education

Dr. Wesley Pitts

Dr. Wesley Pitts

Dr. Cecelia Cutler

Dr. Amanda Gulla

Dr. Immaculee Harushimana

Dr. Daniel Stuckart

Dr. Gillian Bayne


Dr. Alicia Georges

Dr. Alicia Georges

Dr. Eleanor Campbell

Dr. Cassandra Dobson

Dr. Claudette Gordon

Dr. Martha Whetsell

Dr. Carole Baraldi

Political Science

Dr. Elhum Haghighat

Dr. Elhum Haghighat

Dr. Ira Bloom

Dr. Tomohisa Hattori

Dr. Stanley Renshon

Dr. Tomohisa Hattori

Africana Studies

Bertrade Ngo-Ngijol Banoum (effective – August 27, 2019)

Chair from 08/27/2019-06/30/2020 until elections for 3-year cycle for July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2023.



  • Participated in CUNY Academic Council meeting of Chief Academic Officers held on May 8 at the central office. This month’s meeting included presentations on the CUNY Justice Mapping Project led by Director Ann Jacobs, and the State of CUNY by Colin Chellman, University Dean for Institutional and Policy Research, and Sarah Truelsch, Director of Policy Research.

  • Met with Dr. Marilyn Aguirre-Molina of the CUNY School of Public Health and Health Policy, Dr. Justin Brown of LaGuardia Community College, and Interim Dean Elin Waring on May 21 to discuss the CUNY Institute for Health Equity (CIHE).

  • Meeting on May 15 with Dr. John Tsapogas of Queens College to discuss draft proposal for the establishment of the CUNY Institute for Advanced Social Science Research and Collaboration to be led by both Queens College and Lehman College. Interim Dean Lemons participated in the discussions. A six-person faculty group (three from each of the two institutions) was established to review the draft proposal and provide additional recommendations to help further the goals of the proposed institute.

  • Meeting with CUNY staff Christine Brongniart, Lesley Leppert, and Francis Mosquito and Lehman team Provost Nwosu and Vice President Reine Sarmiento to discuss Lehman’s proposal to implement IncluDED, an e-bundled books initiative (through the college bookstore vendor, Follett) to reduce the cost of textbooks and ensure that Lehman students have all required materials prior to the start of the semester. Lehman will implement a pilot of this initiative with CUNY’s support for the Accelerate, Complete, and Engage (ACE) program beginning in spring 2020.
  • Represented Lehman College at the formal signing on campus of an affiliation agreement with Touro College of Pharmacy (TCOP) in Harlem, which creates a new pipeline program where Lehman students can earn degrees that save them time and money while entering a critical job field in the health industry. Under this agreement, signed by Provost Nwosu, TCOP Dean Henry Cohen, and Touro College Provost of Graduate and Professional Divisions Patricia Salkin, qualified Lehman students will earn both the bachelor’s and Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degrees in a year less than usually needed to complete both. In attendance at the signing ceremony were Heidi Fuchs, TCOP Assistant Dean for Admissions and Enrollment Management, Interim Dean Pam Mills of the School of Natural and Social Sciences, Dr. Scott Calvin, Senior Pre-Health Advisor, Pre-Health Advising Office, Ryan Raaum, Chair of Anthropology, Lisa Moalem, Director of Academic Advisement, Melissa Kirk, Chief of Staff, Office of the Provost, and Michael Boadu, Touro College of Pharmacy Class of 2020 and Lehman College Alum.

  • Participated in the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) Site Visit to the college from May 9-11. Lehman is one of six institutions selected by AASCU to participate in a 15-month project (Collaborative on Student Success) to refine and validate an institutional transformation process that advances students’ success through information sharing and data exchange. The AASCU team also met with several members of the Lehman College team, including President Cruz, Interim Dean Lemons, Assistant Vice President Jonathan Gagliardi, Vice President Reine Sarmiento, Associate Dean Karin Beck, Interim Director, Career Exploration Center, Bascillia Toussaint, and Graduate Studies Director, Richard Finger.

  • Interim Dean of Academic Affairs Dan Lemons joined President Cruz in a meeting held on May 17 with CUNY, Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC), and HERE-TO-HERE officials to continue discussions on youth apprenticeship programs to strengthen internship opportunities and career pipelines for Lehman students.

  • Participated in a conference call with the Kresge Foundation hosted by President Cruz and CUNY Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs to explore additional funding opportunities for the expansion of ACE/ASAP program. Vice President Ebersole joined the call.

  • Participated in the American Council on Education (ACE) Fellows conference call on May 17 hosted by Dr. Jacqueline El-Sayed, Provost, Marygrove College.

  • Held a conference call with the American Council on Education (ACE) staff to provide guidance on its efforts to advance peer exchange on its new ACE ENGAGE platform on issues regarding higher education leadership and administration.
  • Established the Provost’s Professional Development Series (PPDS) Committee to coordinate the implementation of focused and intentional professional development opportunity for the leadership team in the Division of Academic Affairs and Student Success. The committee will be chaired by Dr. Elin Waring, Interim Dean, School of Heath Sciences, Human Services, and Nursing, and will comprise of a number of department chairs selected from each of our five schools. Ms. Debbie Rhem-Jackson in Academic Personnel will provide technical support to the committee.

  • Met with Dean Waring on May 16 to discuss the committee’s work and next steps.
  • Joined Dean Mahon and the faculty and staff in the Open House event of the School of Arts and Humanities held on May 14 to highlight the school’s achievements for this year.

  • Attended the meeting of the Lehman College Auxiliary Board on May 22 to discuss and approve FY 19 Budget.

  • Participated in the campus-wide Farewell Reception for Student Affairs Vice President José Magdaleno on May 13 and provided remarks. President Cruz and several members of the campus community attended the event.

  • Visited the Division of Information Technology on May 20, and was taken on a tour of the facility by Vice President Ron Bergmann. Assistant Vice President Edi Ruiz, Deira Pereyra, Director of IT Application Services, Dr. Elkin Urrea, Web Applications Analyst and Nelly Califano, Administraive Assistant provided the Provost with an overview of the services offered by the division.

  • Meeting with President Cruz and Assistant Vice President Jonathan Gagliardi on May 20 to review the 2019-2020 Lehman’s Performance Management Process (PMP) Report to CUNY. The PMP is the primary tool for tracking and reporting college progress on its strategic goals and targets and that of the University, and supports colleges in meeting Middle States accreditation standards. Lehman’s PMP report is due to the Chancellor at the end of June.

  • Interim Dean for Academic Affairs Dan Lemons met on May 10 with Interim Dean Pam Mills and Biology Department Chair Haiping Cheng in the Office of the Provost to discuss the Animal Care Facility (ACF).

  • Participated in the Membership Committee meeting of the Board of Directors’ of the national Association of Chief Academic Officers (ACAO) held on May 10.

  • Provided welcome remarks at the SCPS FUBU Conference held on May 7 at the premises of CUNY on the Concourse. The conference, hosted by Dean MacKillop, focused on current workforce initiatives in New York.

  • The School of Education hosted Conversations at 50 on May 16 celebrating the history and accomplishments of the school since the founding of Lehman College.

  • Met with Dr. Sherry Deckman, Assistant Professor in the Department Middle and High School Education and 1st place recipient in the 2019 Bronx EdTech Showcase for her Exemplary Online Course.

  • The Taskforce on the School of Continuing and Professional Studies (SCPS) established by the President to re-imagine the school continued its meetings. The taskforce is co-chaired by Dr. Jane MacKillop, SCPS dean, and Dr. Dene Hurley, chair, Department of Economics and Business.

  • Visited the Lehman Lab for Social Analysis managed by Dr. Alyshia Galvez and Dr. Stephanie Rupp on May 14, and listened to students’ presentations of their culminating research. The Lab, located on the 4th floor of Davis Hall, provides collaborative space for undergraduate research on some of the most pressing social issues facing the Bronx today. The Provost has approved funding support for upgrades to the Lab in furtherance of the Lab’s vision of enhancing opportunity for Lehman students to become engaged scholars.

  • Coordinated emergency Senior Leadership and Provost/Deans’ Council meetings held on May 1 to engage campus stakeholders following President Cruz’s announcement of his transition to CUNY as new Executive Vice Chancellor and University Provost. Also spoke at the meeting of the College Senate held that afternoon.

  • Participated (with President Cruz and Interim Dean of Academic Affairs Dan Lemons) in the last meeting of the General Faculty for the academic year held on May 8 and presented the Provost’s Report. Pam Hinder, Director of the Adult Degree program presented information on SCPS Prior Learning Assessment Workshop funded through a planning grant from the Lumina Foundation, and Adjunct Professor Ruth Wangerin led a panel discussion on Lehman’s “One Faculty Initiative.” General Faculty Chair, Professor Anne Rice presided over the meeting.

  • Participated in the monthly meeting of the President’s Cabinet held on May 2.

  • Chaired the monthly meeting of the President’s Senior Leadership Team (SLT) held on May 20. SLT consists of members of the President’s Cabinet (excludes the President), and serves as a platform for strategic conversations designed to advance college goals and the president’s priorities.

  • Participated in the monthly meeting of the President’s Advisory Board (PAB) held on May 13. Meeting focused on planning for the development of the 2020-2025 college strategic plan.

  • Continued weekly 1:1 meetings with President Cruz.

  • Continued 1:1 meetings with Interim Dean Lemons, and 1:1 meetings with School Deans and the Chief Librarian, as well as 1:1 meetings with members of the President’s Cabinet.

  • Met on May 21 with Vice President Susan Ebersole, Institutional Advancement, Interim Dean of Academic Affairs Dan Lemons, and Deputy to the President for Strategic Initiatives Gladys Maldoon to discuss strategic plan for fund-raising.

  • Held Provost/Deans’ Council (PDC) meetings on May 16, 21 (Executive sessions with Administration and Finance to discuss strategic growth and investment plan) and May 9 and May 23 (with full PDC).

  • Held 1:1 meetings with Dr. Teresita Levy, Director of the Center for Global Engagement (CGE) on May 13 and 28; Dr. Stanley Bazile, Dean of Students on May 15; and Vice Provost for Academic Programs, Vincent Prohaska on May 22.

  • Participated in the HEO Screening Committee meeting held on May 29 to review requests for staff promotions. Committee includes Counsel to the President and Labor Designee Esdras Tulier, Chief Diversity Officer Dawn Ewing-Morgan, Vice President Magdaleno, and Director of Human Resources Eric Washington.

  • Continued meetings between Academic Affairs Administration and Finance Executive in Charge (EIC) Rene Rotolo and Bethania Ortega, Lehman’s Director, Budget and Planning to finalize discussions on College and Academic Affairs budgets and resource planning with a focus on improving efficiencies and identifying and implementing growth strategies to maximize college financial health and sustainability.

  • Interviewed finalists for full-time faculty positions in the following academic units: Nursing and Economics and Business (Finance position).

  • Completed full-time faculty searches and appointments (accepted offers) as follows: Dr. LaRose Parris, Associate Professor with Tenure in Africana Studies (A&H), Eileen Markey, Assistant Professor in Journalism and Media Studies (A&H), Dr. Emann Allebban, Assistant Professor in Philosophy (A&H), Dr. Naomi Zack, Full Professor with Tenure in Philosophy (A&H), Carol Bues, Lecturer (Doctoral) in Nursing (HS2N), Dr. Shelia Hankin Assistant Professor in Nursing (HS2N).

  • Participated in finalists’ interviews for the position of Director, Career Exploration Center.
The Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Student Success is the College's chief academic and student success officer and senior member of the Cabinet. The Provost is responsible for all educational and student support programs, as well as for academic issues that relate to the faculty, including appointments, promotions, and evaluations. He also is responsible for preparing accreditation reviews, program reviews, campus strategic planning and the review of division and departmental budgets. Questions? Email provost.office@lehman.cuny.edu or call 718-960-8222.