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Simon Rhodes Selected as Dean of School of Science

Release Date: 
Mar 29 2011

IUPUI Chancellor Charles R. Bantz today announced the appointment of Simon J. Rhodes, Ph.D, as Dean of the School of Science at IUPUI, pending approval by the IU Board of Trustees.

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.

“For Indiana’s health and life sciences campus, Professor Rhodes’ collaborative leadership and experience in both our Schools of Science and Medicine form a bridge that will enhance natural linkages and interdisciplinary partnerships,” said IUPUI Chancellor Charles R. Bantz.

When the newly appointed dean moves to the School of Science it will be a homecoming of sorts, as Rhodes spent 10 years teaching in the Department of Biology before joining the faculty in the School of Medicine.

“I have great affinity and respect for the School of Science and its remarkable faculty, staff, and students,” Rhodes said.Rhodes earned his bachelors from the University of Sheffield in England in 1984 and a Ph.D from Purdue University’s Biochemistry Program in 1991. He came to IUPUI in 1995 as an assistant professor of Biology.

The School of Science has outstanding strengths and potential for future growth and success, Rhodes said. “The leadership of Deans (William) Bosron and (Bart) Ng has been critical in strongly positioning the school for the future.”

Rhodes is succeeding Bart Ng, who has been serving as acting dean of the school. Ng is retiring on September 30, 2011.

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