Baruch College Announces New Dean-Elect of the George and Mildred Weissman School of Arts and Sciences
Dr. Aldemaro Romero Jr.
to Lead One of the College's Three Schools in New York City
Dr. Aldemaro Romero Jr.
NEW YORK, NY - March 11, 2016 - Baruch College, a senior college in The City University of New York system, today recommended to the CUNY Board of Trustees the appointment of Dr. Aldemaro Romero Jr. as the new Dean of the College’s George and Mildred Weissman School of Arts and Sciences, effective midsummer, 2016. Dr. Romero also will assume a faculty position as a Professor of biology in the Department of Natural Sciences, subject to final approval by CUNY.
After a national search, which included open meetings with Baruch’s faculty, staff and students, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs David P. Christy is pleased to welcome Dr. Romero as the Dean of the Weissman School, which has 50 areas of study, and a performing arts center.
“Dr. Romero is an internationally recognized scholar, a passionate advocate for liberal arts and science education, and a highly accomplished administrator,” said Provost Christy. “His experience and expertise as a transformative leader make him ideally suited to lead the Weissman School of Arts & Sciences and we are fortunate to have him accept our invitation to join Baruch College.”
Bringing Experience to Baruch College
Dr. Romero previously served as the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville from 2009 to 2014, at which time he stepped down from his administrative responsibilities, and is currently a member of the College’s faculty as a Professor of biological sciences. From 2003 to 2009, Dr. Romero was Chair and Professor of biological sciences at Arkansas State University, and also served as Director and Associate Professor of the Environmental Studies Program at Macalester College in Minnesota from 1998 to 2003.
"In the numerous interactions I have had at Baruch College, from students, to faculty, to staff, I can only see a bright future for the institution and I feel extremely lucky to be given the opportunity to participate in that future," said Dr. Romero, who was born and raised in Venezuela. “My wife Ana and I are also very excited about moving to New York. This is our favorite city in the world, so to be able to combine both professional and personal satisfaction is a life-time dream coming true."
Dr. Romero received his Ph.D. in biology from the University of Miami, Florida, and obtained an undergraduate degree in biology with a concentration in zoology from the Universitat de Barcelona. During his academic career, he has published extensively, including more than 20 books and hundreds of articles in both peer-reviewed and non-peer-reviewed publications, newspapers, and magazines. Additionally, Dr. Romero has been the recipient of numerous grants and prizes for his scientific research and communication work.
Although Dr. Romero’s academic interests span several scientific fields of study, from environmental and evolutionary biology to the philosophy of science and science communication, he has similarly been active in traditional and emerging media and art productions. Deeply interested in promoting a greater public understanding of science, Dr. Romero has produced, written, directed, and hosted more than 50 TV shows and documentaries, and more than 1,500 radio shows, including a nationally syndicated weekly radio show that aired on a NPR affiliate.
At the College of Arts and Sciences at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Dr. Romero was instrumental in the expansion and modernization of two premier university facilities. He supervised the $80 million construction and renovation of a state-of-the-art science complex and the $14 million expansion and renovation of the Art & Design Building. He also oversaw the building of an astronomical observatory, the upgrading of research and teaching greenhouses, and had created the design for a new Visual and Performing Arts Center, budgeted at $50 million.
A longtime proponent of a global and interdisciplinary education, Dr. Romero created a Visiting Scholar Initiative at Southern Illinois University, and expanded the number of campus and public programs that featured international artists and scholars. Additionally, he has led several initiatives to foster academic and cultural exchanges between the U.S. and Cuba, and developed an agreement between Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and the University of Havana and other Cuban cultural institutions.
Dr. Romero has served as a program director for The Nature Conservancy, a leading conservation organization working in 50 states and 69 countries, and was founder and executive director of BIOMA, The Venezuelan Foundation for the Conservation of Biological Diversity. Throughout his distinguished career, Dr. Romero has been active in addressing the need to promote the value of a liberal arts and science education through the Council of the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, and the International Council of the Fine Arts Deans.
About the Weissman School of Arts & Sciences
The Weissman School of Arts & Sciences has more than 50 areas of study that blend rigorous theory with practical experience. Degrees include the BA, BS, MA, MS, and Ph.D. The School’s 13 departments and strong interdisciplinary programs offer a liberal arts education with a global perspective, focusing on preparing students for a wide range of careers and for graduate study. The Weissman faculty cultivates critical thinking, cultural awareness, ethical reasoning, and communication and analytical skills for its majors and for all students attending Baruch College.
About Baruch College:
Baruch College is a senior college in the City University of New York (CUNY) with a total enrollment of more than 18,000 students, who represent 164 countries and speak more than 129 languages. Ranked among the top 15% of U.S. colleges and the No. 4 public regional university, Baruch College is regularly recognized as among the most ethnically diverse colleges in the country. As a public institution with a tradition of academic excellence, Baruch College offers accessibility and opportunity for students from every corner of New York City and from around the world. For more about Baruch College, go to http://www.baruch.cuny.edu/.
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