March 11, 2016
To: Students, Faculty and Staff
Appointment of Dr. Aldemaro Romero Jr. as Dean of the George and Mildred Weissman School of Arts & Sciences
After an extensive national search for exceptional candidates, I am pleased to announce our recommendation to the CUNY Board that Dr. Aldemaro Romero Jr. be appointed as the new Dean of the College’s George and Mildred Weissman School of Arts & Sciences, effective midsummer, 2016. Dr. Romero also will assume a faculty position as a Professor of biology in the Department of Natural Sciences.
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.
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.
After a national search, which included open meetings with Baruch’s faculty, staff and students, I am pleased to welcome Dr. Romero this summer as the Dean of the Weissman School. He is an internationally recognized scholar, a passionate advocate for liberal arts and science education, and a highly accomplished administrator. 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.
David P. Christy
Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs