Faculty of Arts and Sciences Dean Kriste Lindenmeyer Announces Return to the Faculty (Thursday, Feb. 1)

To the Campus Community:

It is with great appreciation for a job well done that I share the news that Dr. Kriste Lindenmeyer, who has served as dean of the Faculty of Art and Sciences since 2011, has informed me of her decision to return to the faculty as of Jan. 1, 2019.

Dean Lindenmeyer’s leadership has been truly transformative and its impact is felt across the campus. Her vision of student-centric learning experiences has resulted in new programs designed to strengthen creative thinking skills that prepare our students for success in their careers and throughout their lives. Dean Lindenmeyer led the drive for a new general education curriculum that focuses on providing cross-disciplinary skills for Rutgers University–Camden’s students. That curriculum includes new multidisciplinary programs – such as digital studies, health sciences, forensic science, and gender studies – created by Dean Lindenmeyer to leverage existing campus scholarly strengths to deliver new opportunities for our students.

In keeping with Dean Lindenmeyer’s vision, Rutgers–Camden established the Leadership Institute as a resource to attract and prepare ambitious undergraduate students for success. During her deanship, the Honors College saw its enrollment exceed a record 500 students. She has made certain that students seeking to expand their horizons by engaging in Learning Abroad programs or in cutting-edge, original research with faculty members are able to access grant support to achieve their goals. She established the Dean’s Emergency Fund to help students requiring assistance and she increased donor support for student scholarships. Our master’s and doctoral programs continued to grow thanks to Dean Lindenmeyer’s focus on graduate education.

Rutgers University–Camden’s world-class faculty has been strengthened considerably with the hiring of a cadre of promising young scholars attracted to our nurturing campus. Dean Lindenmeyer hired approximately half of the current FASC faculty, selecting them based on their research creativity, teaching excellence, and capacity for cross-disciplinary collaboration. In order to make certain that our faculty are positioned to succeed, she pursued new facilities, including state-of-the-art science laboratory space on the Camden Waterfront, the opening of the Nursing and Science Building, and programming for the forthcoming Joint Health Sciences Center. She secured bequest funding for an endowed chair in economics, created a Digital Teaching Fellowship, and helped to incorporate civic engagement into the curriculum.

Through these initiatives, and so many others, Dean Lindenmeyer has positioned Rutgers University–Camden for sustainable growth for years to come. She is a valued member of our campus leadership. Like so many of you, I rely upon her energy, insight, warmth, and good humor. I am grateful for her service to our institution.

Within the coming weeks, I will announce a plan for a national search for a new dean who will build upon the impressive momentum generated under Dean Lindenmeyer’s leadership.

Dean Lindenmeyer will continue to lead the Faculty of Arts and Sciences through Dec. 31, 2018. She then will return to the faculty to engage our undergraduate and graduate students.

I applaud Dean Lindenmeyer for her dedicated service and for her well-earned place in the history of Rutgers University–Camden. As a campus community, we will celebrate her legacy later this year. For now, please join me in thanking her for her leadership.

Phoebe A. Haddon, J.D., LL.M.

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