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October 8, 2008


Former Professor, Dean Returns Following Stint as Associate Provost at CUNY Graduate Center

NEW YORK, October 8, 2008 – Dr. Daniel E. Lemons has been appointed Dean of Science of The City College of New York (CCNY), effective October 1, President Dr. Gregory H. Williams announced today.  Dean Lemons, a former Professor of Biology and Dean of the Center for Worker Education (CWE) at CCNY, returns to the College from the CUNY Graduate Center, where he was Associate Provost and Dean for Doctoral Science Programs.

“With his intimate knowledge of City College and his proven leadership experience, there is no one better positioned than Dr. Lemons to lead our Division of Science,” President Williams said in announcing the appointment.  “He returns to us at a pivotal moment, with construction underway on two new science research buildings and the College now authorized to award Ph.D. degrees jointly with the CUNY Graduate Center.

“Our Division of Science is poised for an exciting era of growth, and we are very fortunate to have Dr. Lemons at the helm.”

“Thanks to Chancellor (Matthew) Goldstein’s decision to make science a priority for CUNY, this is a prime moment for investment in the sciences at City College,” Dean Lemons noted.  “In large part because of our outstanding faculty, we already have excellent programs, but we have an opportunity to move science at City College to a whole new level.”

He added that he intends to build upon the efforts begun by his predecessor, Acting Dean and Professor of Physics Marilyn Gunner, to increase faculty participation in the life of the Division.  Other objectives he cited include developing funding sources for new initiatives, expanded support for the division’s current research and education programs and continued development of the intellectual life of the division at all levels.

“We need to support both research and education in a synergistic way,” he explained.  “While increased research prominence is important, our education mission is part of the soul of this institution.”

At the CUNY Graduate Center, Dr. Lemons oversaw the reorganization of doctoral programs in biology, biochemistry, chemistry and physics.  Among the changes the reorganization yielded are: new support packages for doctoral students; a new system that bases first-year students at the Graduate Center, followed by placements in campus laboratories in the second year, and jointly granted Ph.D. degrees with CCNY and Hunter College in selected science programs.

As Dean of the Center for Worker Education, 2003 – 2007, Dr. Lemons directed its relocation from Tribeca to the historic Cunard Building at 25 Broadway in Lower Manhattan.  He also spearheaded the effort to upgrade the Center to a division of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, hired new faculty and brought in technology grants, from the New York City Council and the Verizon Foundation, totaling $1.18 million.

Deans Lemons joined the City College faculty as Associate Professor of Biology in 1990 from the Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons, where from 1987 to 1990 he was Assistant Professor of Pharmacology and Research Director in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine.  In 1996, he was promoted to Professor of Biology. 

A graduate of Goshen College, where he earned a B.A. in Biology (1974), Dean Lemons holds Ph.D. (1986) and M. Phil. (1982) degrees in Pharmacology from Columbia University and an M.S. in Biology from Portland (Oregon) State University (1978).

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