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Himmelberg Tapped as Interim Dean of A&S Faculty

Contact: Joseph McLaughlin
(212) 636-7576

Robert F. Himmelberg, Ph.D., has agreed to serve as interim dean of the arts and sciences faculty for the 2008-09 academic year.

Himmelberg's academic and administrative leadership at Fordham spans nearly five decades. This includes service as a faculty member and chair of the history department, and as a member and president of the faculty senate.

His further experience includes tenures as dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences; interim dean of the faculty of business and the Graduate School of Business; and interim dean of the arts and sciences faculty.

He has been a moving force in planning and implementing the transition to a 3-2 course load; in working with academic departments to articulate and develop strategic plans; and in identifying and hiring an outstanding complement of new faculty, said Stephen Freedman, Ph.D., Fordham's senior vice president for academic affairs and chief academic officer.

Himmelberg earned his bachelor's degree from Rockhurst College, his master's degree from Creighton University and his doctorate in history from Pennsylvania State University. He has authored and edited numerous books and articles in his field, most recently The Great Depression and the New Deal (Greenwood Press, 2000).

Founded in 1841, Fordham is the Jesuit University of New York, offering exceptional education distinguished by the Jesuit tradition to approximately 14,700 students in its four undergraduate colleges and its six graduate and professional schools. It has residential campuses in the Bronx and Manhattan, a commuter campus in Westchester, and the Louis Calder Center Biological Field Station in Armonk, N.Y.

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