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Mary Sansalone named provost at Asian U. for Women

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June 16, 2010
The Asian University for Women (www.asian-university.org) has appointed American engineering professor Dr. Mary J. Sansalone as its Provost & Chief Academic Officer, effective July 1, 2010.

Dr. Sansalone, 51, was one of the first female professors to earn both tenure and the rank as professor as a member of the engineering faculty at Cornell University where she later served as Vice Provost of academic programs.

Following her career at Cornell University (1987-2006), she served as Dean of Engineering & Applied Sciences at Washington University. She studied literature and engineering at the University of Cincinnati from which she graduated summa cum laude. She went on to pursue graduate study at Cornell where she earned a Masters and a PhD in Structural Engineering. Prior to turning to academic administration at Cornell, she spent a year at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, obtaining a Masters in Public Administration. Recognized as both a scholar and an outstanding teacher, in 1992 Dr. Sansalone was named "U.S. National Professor of the Year" by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and the Carnegie Foundation.

In announcing the appointment, Mr. Jack R. Meyer, the Chairman of the Board of the Asian University for Women Support Foundation commented that "AUW is indeed fortunate to have attracted a truly outstanding academic and academic administrator to this key position in this critical time in the development of our young institution. As Provost and Chief Academic Officer, Mary Sansalone will direct academic program development at all levels at the University as well as help recruit the best faculty we can find to teach at our University. She brings to AUW deep knowledge of the academia from some of the most outstanding institutions of higher education anywhere. We look forward to working with Mary in turning AUW into truly a center of excellence for the education of women."

The appointment of Dr. Sansalone follows a year-long search by a committee chaired by Professor Henry Rosovsky of Harvard University and Ms. Ritu Banga of the Board of the AUW Support Foundation. The other members of the Search Committee were: Kamal Ahmad, founder and Acting Vice-Chancellor of AUW; Professor Dipak Jain, former Dean of the Kellogg School of Business at Northwestern University; Ms. Janet Montag from the AUW Support Foundation Board; and Professor Richard Saller, Dean of the Faculty of Humanities & Sciences at Stanford University.
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