I have over 30 years of academic and leadership experience in higher education at both public and private institutions in the United States, Canada, Nigeria, the United Kingdom, and India. Prior to my appointment as the Dean, School of Arts and Science, Iona College (Iona) in April 2013, I served as the Chair, Department of Natural Sciences and Mathematics (NTSM) over 12 years (2001–2013), and the Associate Dean, School of Health and Natural Sciences (HNS) for a three-year term (2009–2012) at Dominican University of California (DUC). I bring my experience as a member of the President’s cabinet at both Iona College (2013–Present) and DUC (2009–2012). In addition, I served three years as a member of the CUR Executive Board (2011–2014), five years as a member of the NCUR Board of Governors (2006–2011), and two years (1999–2001) as the Director of the Undergraduate Research Program at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (UWW).
Collaboratively, I have promoted national initiatives, brought about institutional transformation, implemented innovative programs, enhanced student and faculty development, established community partnerships, and enriched diversity. One of the metrics reflecting my leadership, working with advancement, has been the formation of a first-ever, advisory board for the School of Arts and Science (SAS) at Iona College, which comprises of members from both the alumni and the community. Furthermore, I have been recognized by the Minority Access Inc., Washington D.C., and received the 2009 National Role Model – Administrator and Mentor Award for Exemplary Achievements in Expanding Opportunities for Others.
Recently, I completed my terms as member of (i) the CUR Executive Board (2011–2014) and (ii) the Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences 2011–2012 Standing Committee on Private Institutions. I have been given honors at Dominican University of California (DUC) and University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (UWW), including teacher of the year (2007–DUC), university service (2000–UWW), and university research (1997–UWW) awards. Furthermore, I have enhanced the institutional profile by promoting scholarly work in local and national media including Chronicle of Higher Education, Los Angeles Times, University Business, San Francisco Business Times, Marin Independent Journal, San Jose Mercury News, North Bay Business Journal, NBC Bay Area and ABC -7.