Carlow University Names New Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Carlow University has named Sibdas Ghosh, PhD, its new provost and vice president for Academic Affairs.

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Sibdas Ghosh, PhD, Comes to Carlow from Iona College in New York


Pittsburgh, Pa. – Following a nationwide search, Carlow University has named Sibdas Ghosh, PhD, as the new Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.  


“Dr. Ghosh is a visionary thinker and experienced academic leader with excellent communication and collaborative skills,” said Suzanne K. Mellon, PhD, President of Carlow University.  “He has a broad understanding of the changing higher education landscape and the opportunities that are present for institutions such as ours.  In his career, he has demonstrated a clear commitment to the values of inclusive excellence, service, and justice grounded in our Mercy heritage and Catholic intellectual tradition.”


Ghosh currently serves as Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Biology at Iona College in New York.  He has been in that role since 2013.  Previously, he was an Associate Dean of the School of Health and Natural Sciences at Dominican University of California.  As a seasoned academician and researcher, he has demonstrated leadership in promoting undergraduate research, securing external grants and resources, and advancing the academic profile of the institutions with whom he has been affiliated.


“Dr. Ghosh is a gifted scholar,” said Joseph E. Nyre, PhD, President of Iona College.  “It has been a pleasure to work with him as Dean of the School of Arts and Science and a member of the President’s Cabinet.  Iona is proud to see him step into the role of Provost and Chief Academic Officer.  I wish him the very best and look forward to all he will achieve at Carlow University.”


Ghosh received his PhD in molecular biology from the University of Waterloo, Canada, a master’s of science in crop physiology from the University of Reading (U.K.), a bachelor’s of science in biological sciences from the University of Lancaster (U.K.), and a bachelor’s of science in botany honors from City College, University of Calcutta, India.  Ghosh is well published, with both personal and collaborative work, including 52 articles/chapters and two edited books, 60 percent of which are co-authored with his students.


I consider it an honor and a privilege to serve as the next Provost and to embrace and support mission of fostering students to become independent, thoughtful, and responsible citizens and leaders who are informed risk-takers to serve in this ever-changing world. I am excited to begin a new chapter in my professional journey and am looking forward to leading the dedicated faculty and students at Carlow University,” said Ghosh. 


He will begin his tenure as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs on July 1, 2018.




About Carlow University

Carlow is a private, co-educational, Catholic university located in the heart of Pittsburgh’s “Eds, Meds, and Tech” district. Founded by the Sisters of Mercy, Carlow’s graduates, curricula, and partnerships reflect its strong commitment to social justice; ethical, forward-thinking and responsible leadership; and service to the community that has a meaningful impact. Undergraduate and graduate degrees are offered in three colleges: Health and Wellness, Leadership and Social Change, and Learning and Innovation. Carlow graduates are in demand for their professional expertise, in fields ranging from nursing, the sciences, and perfusion technology to counseling, education, and forensic accounting; their entrepreneurial spirit and creative mindset; and their ability to manage change.  Carlow’s 13 athletic teams are known as the Celtics, a reflection of the university’s Irish heritage and roots.



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