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UAlbany Names New Dean of Information Science

Contact: Lisa James Goldsberry (518) 437-4980

ALBANY, N.Y. (June 11, 2003) -- Peter Bloniarz of Loudonville has been named dean of the School of Information Science and Policy at the University at Albany. He was formerly interim vice president for Research. His appointment follows a national search that produced a strong field of candidates.

In his role as dean, Bloniarz will serve as the chief administrative and academic officer for the School of Information Science and Policy and will provide leadership and coordination for efforts to develop information science and informatics components in other academic units. He will also hold the title of associate provost for informatics.

Bloniarz has been at the forefront of UAlbany's efforts to advance information science and technology related initiatives, including plans involving new public and private sector partners in the Capital Region.

Since joining the computer science faculty in 1977, Bloniarz has served in a variety of leadership roles. He was one of the founders and director of program development for the nationally-recognized Center for Technology in Government. He was director of the interdisciplinary Ph.D. program in Information Science and also interim director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. He was named a Collins Fellow in 2002. He also received a Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching. Bloniarz earned his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Established in 1844 and designated a center of the State University of New York in 1962, the University at Albany's broad mission of excellence in undergraduate and graduate education, research and public service engages 17,000 diverse students in eight degree-granting schools and colleges. The University is engaged in a $500 million fundraising campaign, the most ambitious in its history, with the goal of placing it among the nation's top 30 public research universities by the end of the decade. For more information about this nationally ranked University, visit

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