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NLU names new Dean of College of Arts and Sciences and College of Management and Business

November 6, 2012
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Christopher Cassirer-Malaeb, ScD, MPH, has been named the new Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Management and Business at National Louis University. Cassirer-Malaeb, who most recently served in many leadership roles at Capella University in Minneapolis, brings a wealth of experience in traditional non-profit, online and for-profit university management.‌

He will assume his new role at the university on November 15, 2012. Cassirer-Malaeb, 48, joins the institution at a pivotal time, as National Louis continues to re-build and re-position for growth and distinction. Gale Stam, Ph.D. and professor of psychology, currently serves as the interim dean.

“Chris has a track record of success delivering excellence in teaching and learning, supporting high-performing faculty, and ensuring superior student experience,” said National Louis Provost Christine Quinn. “He’s an accomplished, decisive leader with proven success in academic leadership, new market identification and strategic positioning. He brings a strengths-based approach to his leadership and will be a wonderful addition to the NLU team.”

Cassirer-Malaeb is the first in his family to attend and finish college and graduate school, and was a postdoctoral fellow in public health at the Johns Hopkins University, where he also earned a doctor of science in public health. He received a master of public health degree from Yale University School of Medicine, and a bachelor of arts in psychology from Rutgers University.

After teaching at Johns Hopkins University, he was an associate professor and endowed chair of health care management at the University of Minnesota. Following this work, he was an associate professor and director of experiential learning in the master of health administration program at The George Washington University. He then joined Capella University, where he has served in several leadership roles, including senior faculty member, faculty director, dean of the School of Human Services, and president. He has led teams of faculty and administrative colleagues, driven strategic and operational planning processes, selected and helped develop new faculty, designed and implemented new academic and professional programs, and worked through the program and university accreditation processes.

“Transforming and innovating in higher education is our greatest opportunity and our greatest challenge,” said Cassirer-Malaeb. “I am honored and excited to be joining the NLU community at this important time in the university’s history and to begin working in synergy with the leadership, faculty and staff to move the CAS and the CMB forward to better meet the needs of  today’s ‘new traditional’ students.


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