Dr. Dianne Rekow, Professor and Chair of the Department of Basic Science & Craniofacial Biology, has been named by NYU President John Sexton and Provost David McLaughlin as Special Advisor to the President and the Provost on Engineering at NYU. In this role, she will serve as NYU’s representative and principal liaison to Polytechnic University in discussions concerning the possible merger of NYU and Polytechnic University.
In addition to a dental degree and specialty training in orthodontics, Dr. Rekow holds an MBA, an MS degree in mechanical engineering, and a PhD in biomedical engineering.
Dr. Rekow will continue to hold her posts at NYUCD, where she will provide general, strategic oversight of department activities while taking on these new duties. Dr. Kathleen Kinnally, Professor of Basic Science & Craniofacial Biology, has been appointed Associate Chair of Basic Science & Craniofacial Biology, a position in which she will manage the department’s day-to-day operations. (See related story on page 40.)
President Sexton said, We think the merger with Polytechnic University offers exciting new possibilities for faculty collaborations and for student education. In choosing a ‘point person’ for our discussions with Polytechnic University, Provost McLaughlin and I sought someone who was a respected scholar within his or her discipline but who also saw the great possibilities of interdisciplinary collaborations, and someone with proven administrative skills, particularly with regard to merging academic programs.
Dianne Rekow immediately stood out. Esteemed within her field, as past Chair of the College of Dentistry’s Bioterrorism and Catastrophe Response Force, her thoughtful and visionary contemplation of new roles for dentists in a post-9/11 world has helped re-shape ideas about the healthcare response in the event of a major catastrophe. That kind of foresight and imagination will be very valuable in this appointment.
Provost McLaughlin said, Dianne is a natural leader, and we are confident that her examination of the academic, financial, facilities, and infrastructure issues will be insightful and thorough, and her broad consultations with faculty members, deans, and other members of the NYU community will bring much clarity and value to the discussions on strategic priorities, the implementation of the academic program, and other matters related to joining the two institutions. We are grateful to her for taking on this task.