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November 14 , 2007

Provost Appointed at Farmingdale State College

Dr. Beverly L. Kahn, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs
Dr. Beverly L. Kahn, Provost
and Vice President of Academic Affairs

Dr. W. Hubert Keen, president of Farmingdale State College, has announced that Dr. Beverly L. Kahn will become the College's Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs in January 2008.

The Provost is responsible for all aspects of the College's academic offerings and provides leadership in strategic planning, budgeting, library services, and the continuous evaluation to provide senior administrative leadership for the College.

In making the announcement, Dr. Keen said, "Dr. Kahn's academic credentials and experience will be of tremendous value to Farmingdale State as we continue to develop programs that will contribute to the advancement of the College."

Dr. Kahn said, "I am honored to join Farmingdale State College as it evolves as a strong institution that serves the needs of the community and regional economy.  I look forward to partnering with President Keen and with colleagues from across the College so as to provide our students with enriched educational experiences that will prepare them to be real life problem solvers and to provide faculty and staff with rewarding opportunities for professional growth."

Dr. Kahn most recently worked as Vice President for International Opportunities at Pace University in New York.  Prior to that, she held increasingly responsible positions at Fairfield University, The Ohio State University at Mansfield, and the University of South Carolina. Dr. Kahn's academic discipline is political science and her areas of research specialization include political philosophy and comparative politics.

Dr. Kahn's expertise has been recognized nationally and internationally. She received the Rome Prize from The American Academy in Rome for Post-Doctoral Research in Modern Italian Studies as well as a Fulbright Research Scholarship for Italy. In addition, she was awarded a Fulbright CIES Grant under the U.S-Japan International Education Administrators Program.

At Pace, she created a very successful Honors College. She inaugurated Fulbright and other competitions for prestigious scholarships which resulted in twenty-four students receiving scholarships to travel to sixteen different countries, including Brazil, Nepal, and Germany.   She increased student participation in Study Abroad from 2% in 2002 to over 20% in 2005 and established numerous affiliations in the target nations of China, Brazil and Italy.

At Fairfield University, she established learning communities, developed interdisciplinary majors, increased student internships and research opportunities, and assisted twenty-seven students to obtain Fulbright Grants for research abroad.

She has successfully authored numerous grant applications for academic program development and has received funding from NEH, Tinker Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education, Pew Charitable Trusts, Merck-American Association and the Ford Foundation totaling over $2.1 million.

She has written extensively, including articles accepted in refereed journals, books and book chapters, book reviews and scholarly papers. She has presented internationally on topics such as "Women on U.S. Campuses Today..," America's Place in the World," and "Small Colleges in the Information Age."

She has language competency in Italian.

Dr. Kahn earned an AB from Dickinson College in Pennsylvania, an MA from Columbia University and a PhD from Indiana University.  She has completed additional graduate work at the Summer Institute for Women in Higher Education Administration at Bryn Mawr College and at Harvard University's Institute for Management and Leadership in Education. She is a resident of White Plains.