Dr. Bashar Hanna selected for national leadership development program

Credit: Allure West Studios. Dr. Bashar Hanna, vice president for Academic Affairs.

Jun 06, 2014

Dr. Bashar Hanna, Delaware Valley College’s vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty, is one of 18 senior academic administrators in higher education nationwide selected by the Council of Independent Colleges to participate in the 2014 Colloquium on Leadership for Chief Academic Officers. The event will be July 21 to August 1 in Annapolis, Md.

Generously supported by the Henry Luce Foundation, the leadership development seminar is designed to foster the perspectives and skills that can lead CAOs to succeed in unpredictable times.

The program selects chief academic officers in higher education who wish to prepare for changes and challenges in the decades ahead, understand complex and unprecedented situations, and further develop strategic wisdom. John Churchill, secretary of the Phi Beta Kappa Society, will lead the Colloquium, which will engage participants in cases drawn from classical and contemporary readings—ranging from Sophocles to Eudora Welty—and compare them with situations that today’s chief academic officers face. Participants will discuss and reflect on power, ethics, and responsibility and strengthen their leadership skills.

“The review committee found the nomination materials for the program to be most impressive,” said Richard Ekman, president of the Council of Independent Colleges. “They (and I) believe that Dr. Hanna has the potential for highly effective leadership in a position of senior academic responsibility on campus.”

Dr. Hanna oversees the academic affairs division, which includes academic program development, faculty professional development, program reviews, accreditation processes, outcomes assessment, and academic strategic planning. Before joining the College, he served as associate provost at Ithaca College; dean and interim provost at Kutztown University; founding dean of Academic Affairs at DeVry University- Pennsylvania and associate dean of the College of Science and Technology at Temple University. He is president-elect of the American Association of University Administrators.  He also serves on the Board of Directors of ACE – Access to College Education in Central New York.

Dr. Hanna is a Temple University alumnus. At Temple, he earned a bachelor’s degree in biology, a master’s degree in developmental biology and a 
Ph.D. in developmental neurobiology.

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