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Dr. Harriet R. Fayne Named New Dean of Lehman's School of Education

July 5, 2011


Dr. Harriet R. Fayne

Lehman College has named Dr. Harriet R. Fayne, a skilled administrator with more than thirty years of experience in higher education, as the new dean of Lehman's School of Education. She comes to Lehman from Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio, where she is dean of the School of Professional Studies, as well as interim dean of its Graduate School.

Her appointment was approved on June 27 by the CUNY Board of Trustees and is effective August 1, 2011. She also will become a member of Lehman's Counseling, Leadership, Literacy, and Special Education faculty.

"We are very pleased to have such an accomplished scholar and leader in higher education serve in the role of dean at Lehman," said Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Mary Papazian. "Dr. Fayne brings with her a wealth of experience that will help to expand the School so that faculty research and student achievement can be equally supported."

Dr. Fayne has led initiatives to improve scholarship, expand community partnerships, and foster institutional growth. As dean of the School of Professional Studies, she oversees five practitioner departments—Business/Accounting/Economics, Education, Nursing, Health/Sports Sciences, and Equine Science—and is responsible for managing budgets in excess of $7 million, as well as 57 full-time faculty. Under her leadership, the School codified policies and identified opportunities across the campus to expand graduate offerings.

Previously, as chair of Otterbein's Education Department for 16 years, she added two graduate programs—the first to be offered at the University—and significantly increased its number of full-time faculty. She also had served as the director of the University's Reading/Study Center and associate dean of Academic Affairs.

Dr. Fayne holds a B.A from Barnard College, an M.A.T. from Harvard University, an M.A. and M.Ed. from Teachers College, Columbia University, and a Ph.D. in educational psychology from Columbia University. She succeeds Dr. Deborah Eldridge, who left Lehman at the end of June to become senior vice president for NCATE (National Council on the Accreditation of Teacher Education) in Washington, D.C.