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NYU Names Dr. Michael Alfano as Executive Vice President

Dr. Michael C. Alfano
New York University President John Sexton today named Michael C.. Alfano, D.M.D., Ph.D., who has been dean of NYU’s College of Dentistry since 1998, to the post of executive vice president of NYU. As executive vice president, he will oversee the University’s budget and finance operations, the human relations division, and the real estate, planning, and construction operations. Dr. Alfano, whose career has included significant posts in both academics and business, will start in the new position on July 17, 2006.

Dr. Alfano will be succeeding Jacob Lew, who has served as the University’s executive vice president since 2001. Mr. Lew is leaving NYU to take [a position in the private sector].

Dr. Sexton said, “I am very pleased that Michael Alfano, who has had an outstanding record of achievement as dean of NYU’s College of Dentistry after a career that included impressive responsibilities in both academe and the private sector, has agreed to accept my request that he assume the assignment of executive vice president. As dean, he has been an extraordinary leader: admissions has become more selective and competitive; new roles for dentists and new models for health care education have been embraced; dental care for poor New Yorkers has been expanded; fundraising has been unprecedented, leading to the creation of important new facilities; and the Dental College has emerged as an important center for health care research. Between his background, his familiarity with NYU, his commitment to the University’s academic advancement, and his talent for entrepreneurship and collegiality, it would have been all but impossible to find a better candidate for this position than Mike.

“The University is very fortunate to be able to turn to such a person, because the departure of Jack Lew leaves a large hole to be filled in the NYU community. Jack – who came to NYU from President Clinton’s cabinet, where he was Director of the Office of Management and Budget – has brought extraordinary integrity, experience, and leadership to his post over these past five years. He was a key architect in setting and achieving our goals and in helping us successfully confront our challenges, and his legacy will be felt for many years.

“On behalf of the entire NYU community, I would like to thank both Jack and Mike for the service they have given and continue to give NYU, and congratulate them on their new posts.


“I am extremely pleased to announce that Professor Richard Vogel has agreed to serve as Interim Dean until a successor to Mike can be found. Rich, a noted clinical researcher and a Diplomate of both the American Board of Periodontology and the American Board of Oral Medicine, joined the faculty of the College of Dentistry in January of 2000 as Professor in the Departments of Periodontics and Oral Medicine and as Executive Associate Dean for Academic Programs.

“As the chief architect of the College’s two-year self-study, the results of which led to a myriad of positive changes in the College, Rich was the individual most responsible for the College’s most recent ‘near-perfect’ accreditation site visit report, which included no recommendations and more than two dozen commendations. We are fortunate to have a leader of Rich’s ability and stature to lead us until a new dean is named.”

Dr. Alfano has been dean of the NYU College of Dentistry since 1998, and a professor of basic science and craniofacial biology and of periodontology there. Prior to that, he served in a number of leadership positions with the Block Drug Company, Inc., including the presidency of the Block Professional Dental Products Company; Senior Vice President for Research and Technology; Scientific Affairs Advisor to the Chief Executive Officer; and membership on the Board of Directors, among other posts. Prior to that experience, he was a tenured professor of periodontics and oral medicine at the Fairleigh Dickinson University School of Dentistry, where he also served as Assistant Dean for Postgraduate Affairs and Research.

He received his undergraduate education from Rutgers University, his D.M.D. from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, and his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.



New York University is located in the heart of Greenwich Village. Founded in 1831, NYU is this year celebrating its 175th anniversary. It is one of America’s leading research universities and a member of the selective Association of American Universities. It is one of the largest private universities, it is a leader in attracting international students and scholars in the U.S, and it sends more students to study abroad than any other U.S. college or university. Through its 14 schools and colleges, NYU conducts research and provides education in the arts and sciences, law, medicine, business, dentistry, education, nursing, the cinematic and performing arts, music, public administration, social work, and continuing and professional studies, among other areas.

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