Dr. Harriet Fayne Is Selected as Lehman College's Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Student Success

Lehman College Provost and SVP of Academic Affairs and Student Success Dr. Harriet Fayne

Bronx, NY—Dr. José Luis Cruz, president of Lehman College of The City University of New York, announced that after a national search of qualified candidates, he is recommending that Dr. Harriet Fayne be appointed as the College's next provost and senior vice president for academic affairs and student success. Pending approval from the CUNY Board of Trustees, the appointment is effective July 2, 2018.

"I am pleased to announce that after careful consideration of the search committee's assessment, the responses received from the various constituencies that participated in the search process, and my own interactions with the finalists, I have recommended the appointment of Dr. Harriet Fayne," President Cruz said in a statement to the Lehman community.

"In August 2016, I agreed to take on the role of interim provost eager to be part of a new administration committed to expanding Lehman's reach in the Bronx," Dr. Fayne said. "I've seen firsthand how the College community has been galvanized to bring the promise of opportunity to more young people in the borough. Now, almost two years later, I am both humbled and excited to be named provost, and to continue the work that will transform thousands of lives."

Dr. Fayne has more than 30 years of experience in higher education, most recently as Lehman’s interim provost and senior vice president of academic affairs. Since being appointed in August 2016, she has been instrumental in helping establish a strong foundation for the College's third presidency.

Previously, Dr. Fayne served as the dean of Lehman's School of Education for five years. During her tenure, she provided effective leadership for the College in the areas of teacher preparation, practitioner inquiry, and has fostered both community partnerships and overall institutional growth.

Prior to joining Lehman, Dr. Fayne was dean of the School of Professional Studies at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio. Under her leadership, the School codified policies and identified opportunities across the campus to expand graduate offerings. Before serving as dean, Dr. Fayne chaired Otterbein’s education department for 16 years.

Dr. Fayne is well versed in the fields of educational psychology and higher education administration. Her work has been published in The Professional Educator, New Directions for Teaching and Learning, Networks: An Online Journal for Teacher Research, and other professional journals. She earned a B.A. from Barnard College; an M.A.T. from Harvard University; an M.A. and M.Ed. from Teachers College, Columbia University; and a Ph.D. in educational psychology from Columbia University.

About Lehman College: The City University of New York’s only four-year college in the Bronx, serving the borough and surrounding region as an intellectual, economic, and cultural center. Lehman provides undergraduate and graduate studies in the liberal arts and sciences and professional education within a dynamic research environment. With a diverse student body of more than 13,000, Lehman offers more than 90 undergraduate and graduate programs. Ranked as having the fourth highest mobility rate in the nation by the National Bureau of Economic Research and the Equality of Opportunity Project, Lehman is a proud catalyst for economic and social mobility for its students, almost half of whom are first generation college students.