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New dean tabbed for SIUE College of Arts and Sciences


From Illinois Business Journal news services

The Southern Illinois University Board of Trustees has approved Gregory Budzban, PhD, as the new dean of SIUE’s College of Arts and Sciences. He will assume his new duties effective Monday, Aug. 3.

budzban gregoryBudzban (left) brings more than 25 years of academic experience, along with six years of professional experience from Martin Marietta Aerospace, to SIUE. He most recently served as chair of the Department of Mathematics and acting director of the STEM Education Research Center at SIUC. He has been a member of SIUC’s faculty since 1991.

“Effective collaboration is essential to solve the increasingly complex problems facing universities and industries today,” said Budzban. “Fund raising is an important component of any dean position in the current academic climate. Additionally, program development is always an essential component of maintaining relevance and growth.

“I look forward to working with the SIUE faculty and staff to lead the College of Arts and Sciences into a new and successful era.”

“Dr. Budzban’s innovative vision and creative energy will enhance the future of CAS, the foundation of the University’s liberal arts education,” said Parviz Ansari, SIUE provost and vice chancellor for Academic Affairs, when Budzban was recommended for the post in April. “His focus on program development and research funding opportunities will allow CAS to continue to grow and meet the challenges of changing fiscal and academic environments.”

Budzban — pronounced as BUDS-ban — received a bachelor’s in mathematics, a master’s in theoretical computer sciences and a doctorate in mathematics from the University of South Florida.

Dr. Stephen Hansen has served as interim dean of CAS following Dr. Aldemaro Romero’s resignation in December 2014.

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