I am writing to announce that Gail Simmons, Dean of Science and Technology, will be leaving the College of Staten Island and CUNY to become Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs at Manhattanville College in Purchase, NY, a private liberal arts-centered college, offering liberal arts and professional degrees at the undergraduate and graduate levels. While we will miss her leadership at CSI we also celebrate her success in this new endeavor.

Dean Simmons has served the Division of Science and Technology, the entire CSI community, and CUNY since July 2005, joining us after four years as Dean of Science at The College of New Jersey and 12 years as a faculty member and administrator at the City College of New York.

Under her leadership at CSI, the Division of Science and Technology has seen growth of both its undergraduate and graduate programs, the strengthening of programs in the health sciences, the expansion of funded research and graduate education in the natural sciences and technology, and the initiation and expansion of state- and federally funded undergraduate support programs such as LS-AMP, CSTEP, the Teacher Education Honors Academy, and STEAM, on which she has served as Principal Investigator.

Manhattanville College is home to 1,700 undergraduate and 1,200 graduate students. Known for its excellence in undergraduate liberal arts, graduate programs in education and business, and its highly regarded graduate Creative Writing program, Manhattanville has a strong history of dedication to service and a highly diverse and international student body. As Provost and VPAA, Gail will join Manhattanville’s new President, Dr. Molly Easo Smith, in efforts to strengthen and expand Manhattanville’s academic reach and reputation. She will assume her new duties as of February 1, 2010.

Please join President Morales and me in thanking Dean Simmons for her service to the CSI community and wishing her well in the next stage of her career.