Deans Appointed for Two New Schools

Posted: June 5, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Kingsley Haynes, director of The Institute of Public Policy (TIPP), has been appointed dean of the School of Public Policy, and Murray Black, director of the Institute for Computational Sciences and Informatics (CSI), has been appointed dean of the School of Computational Sciences. The appointments are effective July 1, with the advent of the new schools.

The School of Public Policy was initiated as part of an effort to expand the scope, quality, and visibility of George Mason’s programs in public policy. The school is the primary public policy academic unit of the university, focusing on the study of national governance, regional development, international commerce, science and technology, and culture and values. The school offers the Ph.D. in Public Policy currently in TIPP, and consolidates several master’s programs into a single master’s degree in public policy with multiple tracks and concentrations. It also offers several professional certificates for those who already have a master’s degree.

The School of Computational Sciences is a merger of the Institute for Computational Sciences and Informatics and the Institute for Biosciences, Bioinformatics, and Biotechnology. The school incorporates interdisciplinary doctoral, master’s, and certificate programs that emphasize the role of computation in performing modern scientific research. While other academic and research units at the university focus on developing information technologies, the School of Computational Sciences emphasizes the application of those technologies to problems in the biological, physical, mathematical, and data sciences.

Haynes has been at George Mason since 1990. In addition to serving as director of TIPP, he was dean of George Mason’s Graduate School from 1990 to 1993. Before coming to George Mason, Haynes was a professor and chair of the Geography Department and the Provost’s Public Policy Program at Boston University. He earned his bachelor’s degree in history, geography, and political science from Western Michigan University, his master’s degree in geography from Rutgers University, and his doctoral degree in geography and environmental engineering from Johns Hopkins University.

Black has been at George Mason since 1971, and in 1984 became the founding chair of the newly created Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, where he holds the rank of professor. He served as chair until 1990, and has served as director of CSI since 1995. He earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Virginia, and his master’s and doctoral degrees in electrical engineering from Pennsylvania State University.

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