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Faces of New Paltz - Denis Simon

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Denis Simon: Alumnus '74, Provost/VP of Academic Affairs at the Levin Graduate Institute
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Denis Simon

An internationally recognized authority on China and the social, political and economic impact of new technologies, Dr. Denis Simon has worked as a consultant to influential international organizations, has held senior positions in the private sector, and has held teaching and administrative positions at top universities throughout the Northeast.

After graduating from New Paltz in 1974 with a bachelor's degree in Asian studies and political science, Dr. Simon attended the University of California at Berkeley, earning a master's degree in 1975 and a Ph.D. in political economics in 1980.

Dr. Simon went on to teach management and technology at the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.), and international business strategy and technology management at the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy at Tufts University.

In 1990, Dr. Simon served as president of China Consulting Associates in Boston, which was one of only four foreign consulting firms approved by China's State Council to operate as a domestically-registered management consulting company in the People's Republic of China. He then work in the private sector from 1995 to 2002, holding several positions in China and the United States: among them, associate partner at Andersen Consulting China, where he served as director of the China Strategy Group; managing director of the Business Strategy and Architecture Innovation Center in Singapore for Scient Corporation; and president of Monitor Group in China.

In 2002, Dr. Simon returned to academia, becoming dean of the Lally School of Management and Technology at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY, where he engineered a fundamental restructuring of the college's MBA curriculum, to emphasize experiential learning and a focus on key skills and tools to prepare students to become aspiring managers and business leaders.

Future Plans: Dr. Simon is currently working on a book-length manuscript about the development of the computer industry in China.

Just a note: Dr. Simon has written and lectured widely about innovation, high technology development, foreign investment and corporate strategy in the Pacific Rim. He is frequently quoted in the Western and Asian business press regarding commercial and technological trends in China, Hong Kong, and the Asia-Pacific region.

Little-known Fact: Dr. Simon is a member of the board of directors of the U.S.-Israel Science and Technology Foundation, as well as a member of the National Science Foundation's Advisory Council on U.S.-China Cooperation in science, policy, research and education.