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“We are extremely pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Andrew J. Polsky as Acting Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, effective August 5.”

School of Arts and Sciences Leadership Appointments [] on behalf of Jennifer J. Raab []

Sent: Monday, July 08, 2013 6:48 p.m.

We are extremely pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Andrew J. Polsky as Acting Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, effective August 5.

One of Hunter’s leading scholars, teachers, and citizens since joining the faculty almost 30 years ago after earning his Ph.D. at Princeton, Professor Polsky brings to the position an outstanding record of academic excellence in and out of the classroom, an unparalleled reputation as a colleague and collaborator, and a long record of generous service to the Hunter community.

In addition to serving two terms as chair of the Department of Political Science and teaching undergraduate and graduate courses at every level (including Hunter’s large introductory American government course), Professor Polsky has served as a leader and vital contributor throughout the College. He has chaired the Hunter Senate’s Undergraduate Academic Requirements Committee and Select Committee on the Distribution Requirements, as well as the Provost Search Committee. As a member of the Senate Strategic Plan Committee, he took on the responsibility for drafting the plan that was eventually approved for the college. During the past academic year, he led the first Presidential Mid-Career Scholars Seminar.

Professor Polsky is also an active participant in Roosevelt House programs. He played a leading role in planning last March’s highly successful conference “Ike Reconsidered: Lessons from the Eisenhower Presidency for the 21st Century.” He is currently editing the conference papers for publication.

Professor Polsky is a nationally recognized scholar of American politics, with a focus on American political development, the presidency, and political parties. His referred articles have appeared in a number of prominent political science journals, and he is the author of two acclaimed books: The Rise of the Therapeutic State , published by Princeton University Press in 1991, and Elusive Victories: The American Presidency at War , published last year by Oxford University Press. Elusive Victories was a main selection of the History Book Club and the Military Book Club and was featured in a wide range of popular media venues. From 2005 to 2010, he served as editor of the political science journal Polity .

Following the American invasion of Iraq in 2003, Professor Polsky turned his attention to the subject of wartime presidential leadership. This became the focus of his 2006 TIAA-CREF lecture at Hunter, “The Presidency at War, 1787-2006: Unchecked Power and Political Risk,” and later became the focus of his 2012 book. He has contributed a chapter on the presidency at war to the three most recent editions of the widely-used undergraduate reader, The Presidency and the Political System .

In recognition of his classroom performance, Professor Polsky received a CUNY Performance Excellence Award in 1999. For his work in the CUNY political science graduate program, he was honored with the Faculty Service Award in 2012 and the Student Mentor Award in 2009.

We are pleased as well to announce the appointment of Roblin Meeks as Assistant Dean for Curriculum in the School of Arts and Sciences and David Wong as Acting Assistant Dean for Operations.

Dr. Meeks has been serving as the Acting Director of Curriculum and Student Opportunities in the Dean’s office. He earned his Ph.D. in Philosophy from the City University of New York. Prior to joining Hunter in 2009, Dr. Meeks held administrative positions and helped develop the writing program at Princeton.

A member of the Hunter family since 2004, Mr. Wong returned to Hunter last year after an interlude as Deputy Budget Director for the New York City Housing Authority. Mr. Wong previously served at Hunter as Interim Accounting Director and is currently Director of Personnel and Budget for the School of Arts and Sciences. A U.S. Army veteran, he has also worked for the Mayor’s Office of Management and Budget, where he provided financial and policy analysis on transportation and public safety issues.

Please join us in congratulating Andrew Polsky, David Wong, and Roblin Meeks on their well-deserved appointments.

Jennifer J. Raab, President
Vita C. Rabinowitz, Provost



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