UAlbany Names New Dean of Information
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.