Harper named to international councilNovember 29, 2006
Dr. Jay Harper, dean of the College of Liberals Arts and Sciences at Rowan University, has been appointed to the board of directors of the Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences. Harper, of Mullica Hill, was named to a one-year term on the international organization of deans' governing body in November.
According to the organization, which is housed at The College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Vir., the council is a national association of 481 baccalaureate degree-granting colleges of arts and sciences in the United States, Puerto Rico, Guam, France, Mexico and the United Kingdom whose purpose is to sustain the arts and sciences as a leading influence in American higher education. The Council, its web site notes, serves as a forum for the exchange of ideas and information among nearly 680 deans representing the member colleges and as a representative of the liberal arts and sciences at a national policy-making level. The Council further seeks to support programs and activities to improve the intellectual stature and public understanding of the disciplines of the arts and sciences.
Harper also has directed the Council's Summer Seminar for New Deans, held each year to foster the skills of newly appointed deans.
He earned a Ph.D. in psychobiology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and a B.S. in psychology from City College, City University of New York. He also earned a diploma in the Harvard University Institute for Educational Management's Management Development Program and was a fellow in the San Diego University Japan Studies Institute. Before joining the Rowan administration in 1999, he served as associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Slippery Rock University, Slippery Rock, Pa.