Todd Gleeson Named Interim Dean Of College Of Arts And Sciences At University Of Colorado At Boulder

August 29, 2001

Todd Gleeson, associate vice chancellor for faculty affairs at the University of Colorado at Boulder, has been named interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, according to Provost Phil DiStefano.

Gleeson will assume the position on Sept. 17, pending approval by the Board of Regents. He will replace Peter Spear, who accepted the position of provost at the University of Wisconsin, Madison last month.

"Todd Gleeson is an experienced administrator on the Boulder campus.

I am confident that he will be an outstanding leader for the largest college on the campus," DiStefano said. "He has overwhelming support from faculty across the college."

Gleeson, a professor in the department of environmental, population and organismic biology, earned his doctorate from the department of developmental and cell biology at the University of California, Irvine. He also held a National Institutes of Health postdoctoral fellowship in physiology at the College of Medicine at UC-Irvine.

He began his CU-Boulder career in 1981 as an assistant professor and was appointed professor in 1994. He also has served as associate chair of the EPO biology department.

In the College of Arts and Sciences he served from 1990-1995 as acting associate dean for student academic affairs and as associate dean for curricular affairs, before assuming the post of associate vice chancellor for faculty affairs in 1997.

Gleeson has received numerous grants from NIH and the National Science Foundation and last year was honored as an Elected Fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

He also is a recipient of the University of Colorado Teaching Recognition Award from the Student Alumni Organization for Alumni Relations. He has a lengthy record of research publication, university and professional service and teaching activities for undergraduate and graduate students.

According to DiStefano, Gleeson's appointment will end on Aug. 31, 2002, or when a permanent dean is hired. A national search for the position will begin in the next month.

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