College of Arts and Sciences Dean Struppa to Leave Mason

Posted: January 6, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Tara Laskowski

Daniele Struppa
Daniele Struppa

Daniele Struppa, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), will be leaving the university to take a position as provost of Chapman University in Orange, Calif., as of July 1.

Struppa has been with George Mason University since 1989, when he was hired as a professor in the Department of Mathematical Sciences. He has been dean of CAS for more than eight years. With a PhD in mathematics from the University of Maryland, Struppa is the author of more than 100 mathematical publications and editor of several books.

In 2002, he donated the millionth “volume” to the university libraries – his collection of rare and historic books and autographs of classical musicians.

Struppa had been slated to join Menas Kafatos, dean of the School of Computational Sciences, as co-dean of the newly formed College of Science this fall.

In a letter to faculty and administration announcing Struppa’s plans, Provost Peter Stearns voiced his regret at Struppa’s departure and said, “I am confident that the spirit of collaboration that helped ease the earlier decisions about collegiate reorganization will continue to support the new college and its leadership selection. I certainly pledge my own urgent attention to maintaining the momentum of this vital new unit.”

The provost said he will establish a new search committee to make decisions on the leadership of the College of Science.

While saying, “I am incredibly excited at this new challenge and opportunity, and I look forward with enthusiasm to this big change in my life,” Struppa acknowledged the “bond” he had developed with the college, the university and his colleagues. “This bond makes this moment somewhat bittersweet,” he said.

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