Appointment of Professor Adil Najam as Dean of the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies

April 14th, 2014

From Dr. Jean Morrison, University Provost and Chief Academic Officer

On behalf of President Brown, I am delighted to announce the appointment of Dr. Adil Najam, Professor of International Relations and Earth and Environment in the College of Arts & Sciences, as the inaugural Dean of the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies.

As Dean, Professor Najam will provide academic, intellectual, and administrative leadership of the Pardee School and promote excellence in all aspects of the School’s teaching, research, and outreach missions.  He will lead the intensive strategic planning process that will define the School’s direction for the first phase of its history and, more generally, will lead the ongoing development of its vision, goals, and strategies.  Professor Najam will spearhead efforts to collaborate with critical partners inside the University and beyond to effectively communicate the vision and goals of the Pardee School to constituencies within and external to BU.  He will be responsible for effective development and management of the School’s financial and human resources, as well as for fundraising and stewardship as part of the University’s ongoing comprehensive campaign.  Professor Najam will also serve as Director of the Division of International Studies within the Pardee School until such time as a permanent Director is appointed.  In his role as Dean of the Pardee School, Professor Najam will serve as a member of the Council of Deans.  He will report to the Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences Virginia Sapiro, and serve as a member of the senior leadership team of CAS.

Professor Najam is a renowned expert in international diplomacy and development policy.  He has written numerous books and more than 100 scholarly articles exploring sustainable development, climate change policy, environmental politics in developing countries, Muslim and South Asian politics, and philanthropy among immigrant communities in the United States. He has served as Vice Chancellor of the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) in Lahore, Pakistan, and as the Director of BU’s Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future.  Professor Najam holds a Bachelors degree from the University of Engineering and Technology (UET), Lahore; a Specialization in International Negotiation from the Program on Negotiation (PON) at Harvard Law School; and two Masters degrees and a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

I would like to thank the members of the Pardee School Dean Search Advisory Committee, chaired by Professor Nancy Ammerman, who worked diligently over the past two months to provide guidance to Dean Sapiro and me for this important appointment.  The Committee solicited nominations and applications for the position and conducted a thorough and thoughtful review of a strong pool of candidates.  President Brown, Dean Sapiro and I are grateful for the Committee’s efforts to conduct a successful search within an aggressive timeframe.

Please join me in welcoming Professor Najam to his new role as inaugural Dean of the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies.  The new Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies is a tremendous opportunity for Boston University to further advance its national reputation in creating the next generation of leaders devoted to advancing the global human condition; identifying the inaugural Dean of the Pardee School is one of our most important first steps.

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