New Dean Named for ESU’s College of Arts and Sciences

Posted by: Elizabeth Richardson on May 29, 2019, No Comments

Joanne Z. Bruno, J.D., provost and vice president for academic affairs at East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania, announced the appointment of Andra Basu, Ph.D. as the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences effective August 5, 2019. The appointment replaces a role within the division that was previously filled on an interim basis by Maria Kitchens-Kintz, Ph.D. and Peter Hawkes, Ph.D., who retired from the position in 2017.

Dr. Basu brings more than 23 years of experience in education, administrative leadership and faculty mentoring to her new role at ESU. Prior to accepting her position at ESU, Basu held several positions at Lehigh Carbon Community College (LCCC) including her most recent role as the Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences, providing supervision and oversight to faculty in the humanities and social sciences, managing LCCC’s Allentown location and developing of community partnerships within the city of Allentown. Basu also held an administrative position at Albright College as the Dean of Adult and Professional Studies and held faculty positions at Albright College, Moravian College, Lehigh Carbon Community College, Lehigh University, Kutztown University, Muhlenberg College, Bates College, Hunter College, Queens College and the University of Minnesota.

“I am extremely excited to have Dr. Basu join our academic leadership team at East Stroudsburg University,” said Provost Bruno. “Her vast administrative experiences with students at LCCC and Albright are certain to help us gain ground in our recruitment and retention of students at ESU, particularly since she understands the needs of the students we want to bring to our campus. Additionally, Dr. Basu’s work with faculty mentoring, student development, diversity, and development of programming for adult students will help us gain a fresh perspective on our collective work to ensure that all students are successful in their chosen paths.”

Basu earned her bachelor’s degree from Tufts University in Medford, Mass., her master’s degree in educational psychology from the University of Minnesota, and her doctorate in social personality psychology from the City University of New York. She is a member of the American Conference of Academic Deans, the American Association of Colleges and Universities, the League of Innovations for Community Colleges, the Council on Accelerated Programs (2013 board member and national conference co-chair), the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning, and the South Asian Psychological Networking Association. While at LCCC, Basu chaired its Diversity Task Force and Diversity Committee and was a member of many of the college’s other organizations including the Accelerated Learning Program Task Force, the Early Learning Center Advisory Committee, and the Retention Committee. She has authored a number of articles and book chapters and has made presentations at conferences across the United States.

In her new role, Basu will provide leadership and vision in strategic planning and implementation of programs within ESU’s College of Arts and Sciences, which consists of 14 departments. She will be the principal spokesperson and advocate for the College and will formulate and implement policies and strategic plans; develop and review curricula and programs; and manage the human, financial and physical resources of the college. Additionally, Basu will facilitate collaboration and transparent communication between the college and all other University constituents, supporting program development, effective problem solving, and decision making as well as innovation, risk-taking, professional development and scholarship.