Announcement from Richard L. Edwards, Chancellor, Rutgers University-New Brunswick
To the Rutgers-New Brunswick Community:
I am delighted to announce that I have appointed Dr. Lily Young, professor of environmental microbiology and dean of international programs at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences (SEBS), as Provost of Rutgers University–New Brunswick, effective October 1, 2014.
As Provost, Dr. Young’s primary responsibility will be to work with my office and with New Brunswick deans and directors to strategically recruit, promote, and develop New Brunswick faculty. Among other duties, Provost Young will establish and oversee a new program for faculty excellence that will centralize and enhance faculty supports at every stage of a faculty member’s career at Rutgers.
Dr. Young brings remarkable talent and deep academic and administrative experience to this important new position. Highly accomplished in her scientific field and extremely well regarded throughout the Rutgers community, she is also knowledgeable about all facets of faculty work across New Brunswick through her many years of service on the University’s Promotion Review Committee (PRC).
A member of the Rutgers faculty since 1992, Professor Young holds a Ph.D. in environmental microbiology from Harvard and bachelors and masters degrees in bacteriology from Cornell. Before coming to Rutgers, she taught at Harvard, Cornell, Stanford, and New York University Medical Center.
While at SEBS, Dr. Young served as chair of the Environmental Sciences department and associate dean for graduate programs before becoming dean of international programs in 2008. Outside Rutgers, she has served on a wide array of advisory and oversight committees for national agencies and organizations.
Dr. Young is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Academy of Microbiology, and has held numerous positions in the American Society for Microbiology. She has been awarded 40 grants for her research at Rutgers, totaling more than $18 million; she will continue to conduct her research in addition to carrying out her duties as Provost.
I want to thank all those who expressed interest in this position, which is so critical to achieving our bold ambitions for Rutgers-New Brunswick. I know that Lily Young will perform with distinction, with vision, and with inspiration, and I look forward to working with her in this new capacity. Please join me in congratulating her and welcoming her as Provost.