WMU News

Ginsberg named associate vice president for research

July 28, 2004

KALAMAZOO--A longtime campus researcher who most recently served as interim dean of Western Michigan University's largest college is set to take on a new challenge as WMU's associate vice president for research.

Dr. Leonard C. Ginsberg will step down as interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences July 31 and assume his new position in WMU's research office Aug. 1. He has been serving as interim dean for the past 18 months, while the University conducted a national search for a new arts and sciences dean.

In his new position, Ginsberg will play a critical role in advancing the research agenda of the University.

"Leonard Ginsberg has been committed to enhancing faculty and student research at WMU throughout his tenure here," said Dr. Jack Luderer, vice president for research, in announcing the appointment. "We've asked him to put his wealth of experience and insight to work to ensure the success of the research initiatives and opportunities that are part of the University's future."

A professor of biological sciences, Ginsberg has been a member of the faculty since 1977 and has a strong track record in attracting grant funding. He has been awarded major federal funding for his own research in molecular biology and in vitro toxicology. He currently has major funding from the National Institutes of Health to expand research career opportunities for minority students and from the National Science Foundation to improve the first-year experience for science and engineering students.

In addition, Ginsberg has been instrumental in improving the campus research and teaching climate for faculty and students by serving on the development team for Haenicke Hall, WMU's major science research facility. He also is part of the development team currently planning a proposed new chemistry building. His other major accomplishments include the establishment of an interdisciplinary Environmental Research Center and reorganization of the University's science education initiatives.

Ginsberg's administrative posts at WMU have included serving as chairperson of the Department of Biological Sciences from 1991 to 1996; associate dean in the College of Arts and Sciences from 1996 to 2003; co-director in 1980 of the WMU Multiclinic, an interdisciplinary patient analysis service; interim director of the Environmental Research Center from 1996 to 1997; and interim director of the Mallinson Institute for Science Education from 2001 to 2002.

A 1969 graduate of Albright College in Pennsylvania, Ginsberg earned master's and doctoral degrees from Temple University in 1971 and 1974, respectively.

Ginsberg replaces Dr. Eileen B. Evans, who earlier this summer was named the University's vice provost for institutional effectiveness.

Media contact: Cheryl Roland, 269 387-8400, cheryl.roland@wmich.edu

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