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Tufts Names Two to Senior Posts

Tufts Names Two to Senior PostsRobert Sternberg, who has redefined understanding of intelligence, will bring PACE Center from Yale to Tufts; Amelia Tynan recruited from University of Rochester

Medford/Somerville, Mass. [07.25.05] Tufts University has announced the appointment of two senior officials. Robert Sternberg, whose scholarship has blazed new trails in understanding intelligence, learning, creativity, and the diversity of human ability, will become Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, effective Aug. 15

Amelia “Mely” Tynan, with a national reputation in academic technology, has been named Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer, starting Sept. 1.

Sternberg is the IBM Professor of Psychology and Education in the Department of Psychology, Professor of Management in the School of Management, and Director of the Center for the Psychology of Abilities, Competencies, and Expertise (PACE Center), at Yale University.Tynan is currently Vice Provost and Chief Information Officer at the University of Rochester.

“Professor Sternberg is a brilliant scholar who is also passionately committed to Tufts’ undergraduate education. I am confident that he will build as well on the work of Dean Susan Ernst, who returns to teaching and research, in enhancing our graduate programs,” said President Lawrence S. Bacow. “He is well-versed in the psychology of leadership and the psychology of intelligence and learning, as well as being a man of great warmth, thoughtfulness, and humor. Tufts will benefit from his scholarship and his leadership.”

Sternberg is an internationally recognized leader in education research and policy.His groundbreaking work at the PACE Center has focused on addressing the development and facilitation of human abilities in young and old around the world. It has advanced the notion of intelligence as modifiable and capable of development throughout life. Under Sternberg’s leadership, the center engaged in work that makes a difference in the world. – from the “Rainbow Project” that developed creative new tests to predict college performance more accurately among students of all ethnic and socioeconomic groups to initiatives that have spanned learning disabilities in Zambia and autism in the U.S.

“Professor Sternberg’s philosophy as embodied in the PACE Center is very much in keeping with the active citizenship that Tufts embraces. We are delighted that the center will be coming to Tufts to enhance our strong existing initiatives in research and global citizenship,” said Tufts Provost and Senior Vice President Jamshed Bharucha.

Sternberg was the 2003 President of the American Psychological Association (APA) – the largest professional society in the United States – and is a member of the Board of Trustees of the American Psychological Foundation (2005-2009).

“His leadership of both the APA and the PACE Center emphasized inclusion and applying non-traditional ways of thinking to bring out the best in people,” noted Bharucha. “This ability to develop the full potential of diverse groups and bring people together will be invaluable as Tufts thinks about its mission as an educational institution.”

Sternberg received a Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1975 and a B.A. summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, with honors with exceptional distinction in psychology, from Yale University in 1972. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the recipient of numerous awards, including five honorary doctorates from around the world.

“My work has taken me to hundreds of colleges and universities,” said Sternberg. “Tufts’ terrific leadership, spirit of collegiality, commitment to academic quality, and sense of excitement are exceptional. I am also of the opinion that you cannot have academic excellence without diversity, and Tufts joins me in that commitment.”

MelyTynanMely Tynan comes to Tufts after six years serving as the University of Rochester’s Vice Provost and first CIO.

At the University of Rochester, Tynan worked closely with faculty to use technology to support their teaching and research.She developed the school’s first strategic technology plan, working with a campus-wide IT Council She rationalized the technology structure of the university, combining five units reporting to five vice presidents into a single structure.Wireless computing, advanced networking, new courseware, and online registration and admissions were just some of the enhancements that she introduced. Under her leadership, the University of Rochester became a founding member of the Northeast Lambda Rail, an advanced optical network for cutting-edge research projects.

“Digital technologies, new media, and other communication tools offer limitless possibilities to enhance academic life,” said Bacow. “Mely Tynan has excelled at bringing academics and technology together to build a stronger educational community. We’re absolutely delighted that she has chosen to come to Tufts.”

Tynan has held various leadership positions in higher education technology organizations. Prior to the University of Rochester, she was Vice Provost for University Information Technology at the University of Arizona. She also held a tenured position in the Psychology Department of the University of the Philippines.

“With her keen appreciation for academic culture and wealth of technological experience, Mely Tynan is the right person to take technology to the next level here at Tufts,” said Executive Vice President Steve Manos.

Tynan holds a B.A. in psychology magna cum laude from Saint Paul College, Philippines, and a Master’s degree in psychology from the University of the Philippines.

From 1998 to 2002, she served on the board of EDUCAUSE – the largest professional IT organization in higher education – where she was elected Secretary and then Vice Chair. She was the Director of the Leadership Institute, which provides intensive leadership development for senior IT professionals. She is currently co-coordinator of the Seminar in Academic Computing’s Executive Leaders Institute in Snowmass, Colorado. She is a board member of NYSERNET, a consortium of New York universities providing advanced data networking facilities for research and education.

“I am thrilled about the quality of Tufts' initiatives and the opportunities ahead.I have found technology to be most compelling when it connects people and ideas, and creates
new community and learning contexts,” said Tynan.“I am looking forward to working with Tufts deans, faculty, and others in the university community to take full advantage of these exciting possibilities.”










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