Menas Kafatos Named New SCS Dean

Posted: February 14, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Robin Herron

Provost Peter Stearns has announced the appointment of Menas Kafatos, currently associate dean of the School of Computational Sciences (SCS), as the new dean.

“Menas will bring great strength to this position,” Stearns said. “I am confident he will be able to further the cohesion of the school, its expansion into selective new research areas, and the integration of the new teaching programs currently underway.”

Kafatos has been with George Mason since 1975. He is University Professor of Interdisciplinary Science and director of the Center for Earth Observing and Space Research in SCS, and is a member of the Department of Physics. Kafatos was founding director of the Institute of Computational Sciences and Informatics, which joined the Institute of Biosciences, Bioinformatics, and Biotechnology to become SCS in 2000.

The new appointment will be for two years, beginning July 1. At the end of that term, Stearns expects to collaborate with the school’s faculty in conducting a national search for a dean. Stearns says the interim will give the faculty more time to resolve issues regarding the school’s future development.

In making the announcement, Stearns extended “deep gratitude” to Murray Black, SCS founding dean, “who has moved the school in so many of the right directions.” When he steps down in July, Black plans to take a six-month leave of absence.

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