Dr. Anny Morrobel-Sosa
Dr. Anny Morrobel-Sosa joined Lehman College as the new Provost and Senior Vice-President of Academic Affairs in August 2012, assuming the position previously held by Dr. Mary Papazian. Dr. Morrobel-Sosa comes to Lehman from the University of Texas System, where she served as the Dean of the College of Science at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) from October 2007 until her recruitment to Lehman College. As the chief academic and administrative officer of a comprehensive college at the nation’s only major research university with a predominantly Mexican-American population, Dr. Morrobel-Sosa managed a complex college network consisting of thirteen departments/programs, three centers and institutes, over 160 faculty and staff, and both a state budget and externally-funded research expenditures in excess of $10 million dollars each. The college serves over 2300 undergraduate and graduate students, and offers over thirty baccalaureate degrees, thirteen master’s level graduate degrees, and doctoral degrees in seven primary biological and physical science disciplines.
During her tenure at UTEP, Dr. Morrobel-Sosa was instrumental in elevating UTEP’s reputation and profile as both a research institution and an innovative and inclusive learning environment valuing diversity, academic rigor, and the expansion of opportunities for traditionally underserved populations in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fields. Her dynamic leadership resulted in significant accomplishments, among them the introduction of six new academic degree programs; a Fast-Track Program to allow undergraduate students to explore the possibilities of advanced degrees while maintaining financial aid eligibility; increasing enrollment of first-time, full-time freshmen; achieving the highest retention rate and lowest time-to-graduation rates of all the university’s colleges; and eliminating mandatory minors to allow students more creativity and freedom in designing their academic programs. Dr. Morrobel-Sosa spearheaded the adoption of a college motto: “committed to making science accessible, meaningful, and engaging”. Such a motto dovetails beautifully with the academic mission of Lehman College across scholarly disciplines, and shows an affinity with the college’s commitment to diversity and community outreach.
A native of the Dominican Republic, Dr. Morrobel-Sosa received a B.Sc. degree in Physics and Chemistry from the University of Puerto Rico (1976), a M.Sc. in Chemistry from the State University of New York-Stony Brook (1985) and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Southern California (1985). She has held faculty and administrative positions at The University of Alabama, California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo, and Georgia Southern University. While serving as Dean of the Allen E. Paulson College of Science and Technology at GSU, she was responsible for the designation of GSU as a National Affiliate for Project Lead the Way in the field of engineering education. As a scholar, her areas of research include condensed matter, biomaterials, semiconductors and superconductivity. Dr. Morrobel-Sosa has supervised the research projects of over thirty-five undergraduate and graduate students. She has published over twenty-five refereed papers and given over one hundred and twenty presentations to national and international audiences on a broad range of topics.
Dr. Morrobel-Sosa is actively engaged in several professional organizations. She was selected as one of thirty-four national participants in the American Council on Education (ACE) Fellows Program, and also served as a Senior Fellow in the Office of Diversity, Equity and Global Initiatives of AAC&U. Dr. Morrobel-Sosa is President and Founder of The Micaela Group, a firm committed to the development of women and minority students and faculty in science and engineering disciplines.
Last modified: Aug 14, 2012