Keya Sadeghipour to replace Allen Nicholson as acting dean of the College of Science and Technology
College of Engineering Dean Keya Sadeghipour will replace Allen Nicholson as acting dean of the College of Science and Technology effective July 1, Provost Ira Schwartz has announced.
Nicholson, who was named acting dean of the CST in January 2004, will return to the chemistry faculty, where he will resume his previous duties as department chair.
“For the past year and a half, Allen Nicholson has provided excellent leadership in both the teaching and research enterprises of the College of Science and Technology,” President David Adamany said. “On behalf of the college and the University, I want to thank him for his stewardship during this transitional period.”
Schwartz added, “When we asked Allen Nicholson to serve as acting dean, it was our intent for him to serve no longer than a year. He answered our call at a critical time in the life of the College of Science and Technology and has served for the past 18 months with unwavering commitment, often at the sacrifice of his own research program. The University is indebted to his leadership.”
Sadeghipour, a member of the mechanical engineering faculty since 1987 and dean of the College of Engineering since 1998, praised the job of his predecessor.
“Dean Nicholson has done a wonderful job of keeping the College of Science and Technology moving ahead and meeting the goals set forth by the University,” he said.
Sadeghipour is no stranger to CST. He served as acting dean of engineering when engineering was part of CST, before becoming a separate college. He said he hopes that background will help him in guiding CST.
“I have worked very closely with the College of Science and Technology since becoming dean of engineering,” Sadeghipour said. “It is my intent during this transition period to a new dean to assist the CST in moving forward. I don't simply want to maintain the status quo, but to actively support and strengthen all relevant college functions, including student and administrative services, teaching and research activities.”
Nicholson, a distinguished biochemist who came to Temple as chair of chemistry from Wayne State University in 2003, said he was grateful for the opportunity to lead the College of Science and Technology.
“I came to Temple University a little over 2 1/2 years ago to be chair of chemistry, and not long after I arrived I was asked by President Adamany and Provost Schwartz to serve as acting dean,” Nicholson said. “I've had the support of a lot of people in the dean’s office, the faculty and my fellow deans in tackling a lot of very important issues within CST.
“It's an exciting time for the college, and I'm happy to have had the opportunity to help out on a number of fronts to move the college forward. It’s been a very enjoyable challenge,” he added.
A national search will continue for candidates to serve as dean of CST, Schwartz said.
– Preston Moretz