Acting Dean of the School of Science at IUPUI to Lead College of Science at Benedictine University

Release Date: 
May 20 2011

Bart S. Ng, Ph.D., acting dean of the School of Science at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) and a 35-year veteran of academia, has been named the dean of the College of Science at Benedictine University.

Bart Ng, Acting Dean of the School of Science at IUPUI

Bart S. Ng, Ph.D., acting dean of the School of Science at IUPUI

"We believe Dr. Ng is the perfect candidate to lead Benedictine's science programs and position the school for the future," said Donald B. Taylor, Ph.D., provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Benedictine University. "His vision, leadership skills, spirit of collaboration, experience as a dean of a school of science at a comprehensive metropolitan university, and service as a former program officer at the National Science Foundation will serve him well as he embraces this new opportunity.”

“As a graduate of Saint Joseph’s College, I developed early on a life-long appreciation for what a value-based liberal education in the Catholic tradition has to offer,” Ng said. “I have had a special admiration for the College of Science at Benedictine University since learning of the stature of its physics program in the 1960’s.”

Professor Ng received his B.S., summa cum laude, from Saint Joseph's College in 1968, and his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1973. After completing his postdoctoral studies at the University of Toronto, he joined the Department of Mathematical Sciences at IUPUI in 1975 and served as chair of the department from 1986 to 1997. He became a member of the Founding Faculty of University College at IUPUI in 1997, and was appointed M. L. Bittinger Professor of Mathematics in 2004. In 2008 Ng was named acting dean for the School of Science. Ng is retiring from IUPUI on September 30, 2011.

Throughout his career Ng has been a cham­pion for student engagement. By expanding services and programs, including freshman learning communities, internship opportunities and research experiences, he has increased support for and access to international study, internships, service-learning and undergraduate and graduate research in the School of Science. 

“Bart has done a stellar job in the past three years,” said Uday Sukhatme, Executive Vice Chancellor and Dean of the Faculties at IUPUI. “He has positioned the School of Science for a very successful future by stabilizing its budget, making twenty-four outstanding new faculty hires, and leading the effort towards the construction of a Science and Engineering Laboratory Building at IUPUI.”

In honor of Ng’s service to the students at IUPUI, the School of Science has set a goal of securing RISE scholarships supporting research, international, service learning, and experiential learning experiences for science majors at IUPUI, and funds to support excellence in graduate study in the School of Science. To date, over $100,000 has been pledged in honor of Dr. Ng’s retirement. Inquiries regarding RISE scholarships or support for excellence in graduate studies for science majors can be directed to Anne Marie Chastain at 317-278-1051.

A retirement celebration will be held on September 23, 2011 at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center.

Simon Rhodes, Ph.D., has been appointed dean of the School of Science.  Rhodes, associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies in the IU School of Medicine as well as professor of Cellular and Integrative Physiology and Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, will assume his new position July 1, 2011.

The School of Science at IUPUI is committed to excellence in teaching, research and service in the biological, physical, behavioral and mathematical sciences. The School is dedicated to being a leading resource for interdisciplinary research and science education in support of Indiana's effort to expand and diversify its economy.