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FAU Names New Dean of Graduate Studies

            BOCA RATON , FL (June 8, 2007) - Florida Atlantic University Provost John Pritchett named Dr. Barry Rosson as the university’s new Dean of Graduate Studies.   Responsible for overseeing the Office of Graduate Studies, Rosson will provide leadership to an office that has the primary responsibility of assisting prospective students in learning about the university’s graduate programs, graduate recruitment efforts, graduate admissions, and review and recommendations regarding graduate program proposals and changes.   He will also work with the other university deans in enhancing graduate program development.  

            "I am certainly looking forward to working at Florida Atlantic University and to being a part of its future with regard to graduate education,” said Rosson.  “It’s an honor to be given the opportunity to work with the faculty, staff and other administrators on initiatives to enhance the university’s graduate programs.  I’ll also welcome any occasion to interact with the graduate students on ways in which the university can enrich their learning experiences."

Rosson began his academic career in 1991 as an assistant professor within the department of civil engineering at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, Nebraska, achieving tenure and promotion to professor.   He also served as associate chair of the department of civil engineering, director of graduate studies in the College of Engineering, and most recently, as associate dean of the Office of Research and Graduate Studies.    

“There was a superb pool of candidates for this position,” said Pritchett.   “Barry’s long academic and promotion record set him apart from the other candidates.”    

Rosson has received numerous awards for service, advising and teaching.   He has contributed to the publication of 20 manuscripts in peer-refereed journals and four technical publications.   Rosson has participated in 20 conference presentations and been awarded contracts and grants in excess of $3 million.

In a search that took approximately seven months, 50 candidates applied for the position from around the nation.   Of those applicants, three finalists were chosen to interview with a cross section of the university.   Rosson will begin his tenure as dean of graduate studies on July 1, 2007.    He completed his bachelor’s degrees at Texas A&M University and doctoral degree in structural engineering at Auburn University.

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