Messages to the Georgetown Community
Announcing the Conclusion of Decanal Service of Dr. Timothy Barbari
February 28, 2011
I write to announce that Timothy Barbari, Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, has decided not to consider a second term as dean and will conclude his decanal service at the end of this academic year. Dean Barbari joined our community in August 2006, and his service as Dean and Associate Provost for Research for the Main Campus has been remarkable. I am deeply grateful for his leadership and dedication to the Graduate School and our entire community.
Dean Barbari has shown a tremendous commitment to providing outstanding educational opportunities for graduate students and robust support for faculty scholarship. As Dean, he was an integral part of planning for the New Science Center, and was a part of the team that developed the concept of the Institute for Soft Matter Synthesis and Metrology, which earned Georgetown a $6.9 million stimulus grant from the National Institutes of Standards and Technology. During his tenure, Dean Barbari oversaw the creation of nine new graduate programs, including a Ph.D. in Computer Science, a Ph.D. in Global Global Infectious Disease (a collaborative program between Main Campus and Medical Center), and an M.A. in Global History (a true joint degree with King's College London). Deeply committed to our graduate students, Dean Barbari also teamed with Todd Olson, Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students, to establish a working group on improving graduate student life at Georgetown. Upon the conclusion of his deanship, Dean Barbari will continue to serve as a tenured member of the faculty here at Georgetown.
Provost O'Donnell and I are pleased to announce that Gerald M. Mara will serve a two-year term as Dean of the Graduate School, during which time we plan a formal search for a longer-term successor. Gerry is a respected and long-time member of the Georgetown community and faculty, and we are very grateful for his service. We look forward to keeping you informed of those developments.
I am truly grateful for Dean Barbari's service to the Graduate School and our entire community. I look forward to being together with many of you in the months ahead as we find ways to celebrate and thank him for his many contributions to Georgetown.
You have my very best wishes.
John J. DeGioia