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As part of the innovation and economic prosperity (IEP) self-study, the following representatives were identified by their Dean to serve as the primary point(s) of contact for their respective unit. Each representative assisted the leadership team in selecting internal and external stakeholders for interviews, focus groups, and workshops. They also served as the liaison between their unit and the IEP leadership team.

Douglass Residential College

Leslie Danehy, Ph.D.

Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs 848-932-3184




Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy 

Carl Van Horn, Ph.D.

Distinguished Professor of Public Policy

Director, John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development 848-932-1153



Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology 

Lara Delmolino Gatley, Ph.D. 

Associate Dean for Administration and Strategic Operations, GSAPP

Director, GSAPP’s Applied and Academic Autism Services

Executive Director, Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center 848-445-3831


Graduate School of Education 

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Honors College

Andrea Rydel, Ph.D. 

Assistant Dean for Professional Development and Alumni and Corporate Engagement 848-932-0990



Mason Gross School of the Arts 

Rebecca Cypess, Ph.D.

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Associate Professor of Musicology 848-932-2848


Rutgers Business School – New Brunswick

Gary Minkoff, M.B.A. 

Assistant Professor of Professional Practice



School of Arts and Sciences 

Robin Davis, Ph.D. 

Vice Dean for Research and Graduate Education

Professor, Department of Cell Biology & Neuroscience 732-932-7896


Thu D. Nguyen, Ph.D.

Dean of Mathematical and Physical Sciences

Professor, Department of Computer Science  848-445-8326




Chris Scherer

Director, Office of External Engagement and Partnerships 848-932-6418



School of Communications and Information

Mark Aakhus, Ph.D.

Associate Dean for Research

Professor of Communication 848-932-7168


School of Engineering

Wade Trappe, Ph.D.

Associate Dean for Research and Academic Programs

Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering 848-932-0909


School of Environmental and Biological Sciences

Richard Alomar, Ph.D.

Associate Director, Office of Urban Extension and Engagement

Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Landscape Architecture 848-932-5266


Brian Schilling, Ph.D.

Director, Rutgers Cooperative Extension

Associate Extension Specialist in Agricultural Policy

Senior Associate Director, New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station 848-932-3591


School of Graduate Studies

David Pickens

Associate Dean for Strategic Planning 848-932-4950




School of Management and Labor Relations

William Castellano, Ph.D. 

Professor, Human Resource Management

Executive Director, NJ/NY Center for Employee Ownership 848-445-9406


School of Social Work

Mark W. Lamar, M.B.A., M.S.W.

Executive Director, Office of Field Education

Associate Professor of Professional Practice 848-932-5328



Rutgers Division of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement

Brian Kurisky, Ph.D.

Executive Director, Collaborative Center for Community Engagement 848-445-4041