Daniel Jelski has been appointed dean of the School of Science and Engineering, replacing John Harrington, who retires Sept. 1 after serving as the school’s inaugural dean for six years.
Provost David Lavallee said, “The School of Science and Engineering is poised to build upon its programs for faculty-student interactive research, and Dr. Jelski has the experience and enthusiasm to fulfill our expectations.”
Jelski arrives at New Paltz on Aug. 1 with 20 years of science-related higher education experience, both as a professor and administrator.
Most recently, Jelski was professor of chemistry and department head for seven years at the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Ind. There he led the redesign of the general chemistry pro-gram, initiated the creation of a biochemistry and molecular biology major, and doubled the number of students majoring in chemistry.
Prior to his tenure at Rose- Hulman, Jelski served as professor of chemistry at SUNY Fredonia from 1988 to 2000. It was while at the public college in upstate New York that his work was recognized with a Fulbright Scholar award for research and teaching at Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda, Africa.
Jelski was also a post-doctoral research associate at SUNY Buffalo in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, 1985-1988.
He received his Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry from Northern Illinois University and completed his undergraduate work in chemistry at the University of Chicago.