UR selects new dean of College in Arts, Sciences and Engineering

Monday, June 5, 2017

Source: Rochester Business Journal

The University of Rochester’s College in Arts, Sciences and Engineering has a new dean, Jeffrey Runner, officials said.

The post is a five-year term that is effective July 1, depending on the final approval of the board of trustees, the university said.

Runner is a professor and chairman of the department of linguistics in the School of Arts and Sciences.

“The dean of the college is a key leadership role at the university that helps ensure students are successful here and they learn the value of our community,” said Joel Seligman, UR president and CEO. “I’m delighted that Jeff has accepted this position and I look forward to working with him.”

Runner succeeds Richard Feldman who held the role for the last 10 years. Feldman will return to the philosophy faculty following a year of leave in the 2017-18 academic year, the university said.

The search for the next dean was co-chaired by Gloria Culver, dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, and Wendi Heinzelman, dean of the Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

Runner will oversee 16 offices and centers that focus on areas including academics, research, undergraduate support and advising, student life and diversity.

Runner has been at UR for 23 years.

“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to help build on the foundation that Rich and his team have developed over the past decade,” Runner said in a statement.  “What makes the college so special is our emphasis on integrating academic and co-curricular experiences to allow students to develop into the thinkers and leaders of tomorrow. I’m interested in enriching students’ classroom experience by increasing opportunities for independent research, community-based learning, and international experience.”

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