Dr. Mary A. Papazian
“Dr. Papazian is a fantastic choice to lead the campus of Southern Connecticut State University into the future,” said Kennedy. “Her strong academic and administrative experience, and importantly, her work strengthening and supporting research and development at Lehman College will be of great benefit to Southern’s campus. She received strong support from both students and faculty during the selection process, and I’m eager to get to work with her.”
“Southern Connecticut State University students, faculty and staff will get to know Dr. Papazian as a hardworking, strong and visionary president — just the type of person we want to see as the leader of one of our campuses,” said Board of Regents Chairman Lewis Robinson. “She is well-published and well-respected, and understands what needs to be done to move SCSU forward.”
“I am sure my colleagues join me in thanking Dr. Stanley Battle for his service to the university, which has strengthened Southern’s place in the community and state and for his contributions to ensuring open access to higher education in Connecticut,” said Paulson. “He has our best wishes for the future. We welcome Dr. Mary Papazian as our new president. She comes to us at a turning point of change at Southern Connecticut State University, and is very well prepared for the challenges we face. We look forward to working with her as we face the future.”
“On behalf of the students of Southern Connecticut State University, we would like to thank Dr. Battle for all of his hard work over the last 18 months,” said Benway, undergraduate student representative on the search committee. “We look forward to Dr. Papazian’s arrival on our campus and are excited to begin working with her in the future. Dr. Papazian has the skills needed to move the university in a positive direction and we are confident that she will work in the best interest of the campus community.”
“I am honored by this appointment and humbled by the support both the Boards of Trustees and Regents have placed in me,” said Dr. Papazian. “Southern Connecticut State University is a great campus with enormous potential, and I am looking forward to meeting the students, faculty and staff who call Southern home. There is a lot of work to do and I’m eager to get started.”
Dr. Papazian received her B.A., M.A. and Ph.D from the University of California, Los Angeles,in English literature. She began her career at Oakland University in Michigan as an assistant professor of English and ultimately became the associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences there. Following her time at Oakland University, Dr. Papazian was the dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Montclair State University, a comprehensive public university with 17,000 students and 500 full-time faculty members. There, she recruited more than 30 diverse faculty members, managed the college’s nearly $23 million budget and set spending priorities that supported the students even while budget dollars tightened. At Montclair State, Dr. Papazian also created a strong partnership between liberal arts and education, helping to strengthen the teacher education program at the school.
In 2007, Dr. Papazian became the provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs at Lehman College, part of the City University of New York (CUNY) system. At Lehman, Dr. Papazian is responsible for a $60 million budget, more than 750 full- and part-time faculty members and 200 staff, as well as the management, planning, development and quality control of all academic programs at the college. Dr. Papazian helped articulate a strategic vision and long-term goals for the college and has played a leading role in its implementation. She also supported efforts to build strong community relationships with the college and was a key member of Lehman’s leadership team as it launched Lehman’s first capital campaign with a $40 million target by 2014— $34 million of which has been raised or pledged to date, including nearly $1 million for scholarships.
Focusing on Lehman’s position — which has been described as a comprehensive college within a research university — Dr. Papazian strengthened Lehman’s Office of Research and Sponsored Programs to leverage support in that community for Lehman. She has hired dozens of research active faculty to join a group that has already been awarded $20 million annually in external funding.
Dr. Papazian has published a number of books, articles and reviews, including her most recent book, Sacred and Profane in English Renaissance Literature. In 2009, Dr. Papazian presented to the “University Education for the 21st Century” conference in Armenia, focusing on the future of teaching and learning in the new millennium.
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