Dr. James Sterling Appointed Interim Dean of the College of Natural Sciences at the Minerva Schools at KGI
Dr. Steven Casper to Serve as Interim Dean of School of Applied Life Sciences
Dr. James Sterling, KGI's Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the School of Applied Life Sciences (SALS), has been appointed director of Minerva Labs and interim dean of the College of Natural Sciences at the Minerva Schools at KGI. He will begin his new role on November 1. Dr. Steven Casper, associate dean of faculty, will serve as interim dean of SALS, while Dr. Sterling will continue to serve part time as vice president for academic affairs. As such, he will continue to supervise KGI's institute-wide programs and staff and the PSM National Office that is housed at KGI.
"The Minerva Schools at KGI and the founding of the School of Pharmacy continues to open up new possibilities for KGI as an institution and for individual members of our community," KGI President Sheldon Schuster said. "This is a tremendous opportunity for Jim to develop the curriculum and faculty for this new university and to explore the uses of technology and laboratory automation for hands-on science education."
In his new role, Dr. Sterling will join Dr. Stephen M. Kosslyn, Minerva founding dean of faculty, Dr. Daniel Levitin, dean of the College of Arts & Humanities, and Dr. Eric Bonabeau, dean of the College of Computational Sciences as key academic leaders at the Minerva Schools at KGI. The Minerva Schools at KGI will welcome its founding class in the fall of 2014.
"I love the entrepreneurial spirit at KGI. As a founding faculty member, I've been privileged to work with my faculty colleagues to develop a unique educational model that prepares graduates for employment at the interface of science and business. Today, I'm confident that under Steve Casper's leadership, SALS will continue to grow and expand its impact on the life sciences industry. I'm very excited to join the Minerva Schools at KGI to help create a new kind of university experience for undergraduate students," Dr. Sterling said. "I'm particularly excited and intrigued by the educational innovations we are developing and look forward to leveraging the Minerva Schools' learning platform and new methods in laboratory automation both to educate students in the College of Natural Sciences and to adapt them in a way that could benefit KGI graduate education and research."
President Schuster said the appointment of Dr. Casper as the interim dean was reflective of the vital importance of SALS to KGI's mission.
"Steve has been an important force in developing the SALS curriculum and strategic plan for KGI, especially in the area of active learning," President Schuster said. "He has served as director of both the Master of Bioscience (MBS) and Postdoctoral Professional Masters (PPM) programs. More recently, as accreditation liaison officer with WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges), he has had a front seat in administration of program review and development. These experiences, earning the respect of the faculty and students, have prepared him well to take on this interim role."