Dr. Anny Morrobel-Sosa, Dean at University of Texas, Becomes New Provost at Lehman College

BRONX, N.Y. — Dr. Anny Morrobel-Sosa, most recently the dean of the College of Science at the University at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), has become the new provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Lehman College. Her appointment was approved by the CUNY Board of Trustees on June 4, and became effective August 1, 2012. She succeeds Dr. Mary A. Papazian, who became the president last February of Southern Connecticut State University.

As dean at UTEP for the past five years, Dr. Morrobel-Sosa oversaw nine departments and programs, three centers and institutes and more than 160 faculty and staff. She managed a budget of over $11 million and externally funded research expenditures that topped $13 million. During her tenure, the College offered over 30 Bachelor of Science programs, 13 graduate programs and eight doctoral degrees. UTEP serves almost 23,000 undergraduate and graduate students.

During her career, Dr. Morrobel-Sosa has also published over 25 refereed papers and delivered more than 100 presentations here and abroad, continuing her research in physics, chemistry and biomaterials. In addition to her senior administrative position at Lehman, she will hold a full professorship in the College’s Chemistry Department.

“Dr. Morrobel-Sosa’s range and depth of experience as a scientist, researcher and faculty member, as well as a collaborative and inspiring academic leader, will advance Lehman’s vision of excellence,” said Lehman President Ricardo R. Fernández. “Her arrival coincides with an exciting new phase in Lehman’s history as we prepare to open our new science facility and launch a national search for the founding dean of our new School of Health Sciences, Human Services and Nursing.”

Prior to her position at UTEP, Dr. Morrobel-Sosa was the dean from 2003-2006 of the Allen E. Paulson College of Science and Technology at Georgia Southern University, where she managed seven departments and units, three academic centers and over 180 faculty and staff, all with a budget of more than $13 million. From 2000 to 2003, she held various high-level administrative positions, including interim associate vice provost for academic programs at California Polytechnic State University.

”I am honored to join Lehman College and the CUNY community for their demonstrated commitment to providing students who live and work in one of the world’s most vibrant and diverse cities with excellent educational opportunities that are both accessible and affordable,” said Dr. Morrobel-Sosa. “The faculty and staff at Lehman have embarked on a vision of excellence for a twenty-first century education that expands on their already proven dedication to helping students achieve their career aspirations. I look forward to contributing to these efforts and to do so back ‘home’ in New York.”

Dr. Morrobel-Sosa received a B.Sc. in physics and chemistry from the University of Puerto Rico, a M.Sc. in chemistry from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Southern California.

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