Alison A. Baski, a physics professor and until recently interim dean at Virginia Commonwealth University, has been selected as the next dean of Cal Poly Pomona’s College of Science. She begins her tenure on August 4.
Baski was interim dean of VCU’s College of Humanities and Sciences from August 2015 until June 2016 and has overseen academics, research, faculty affairs, development, communications and operations of a college that enrolled more than half of the university’s undergraduates in its two schools and 19 departments/programs. She has held other administrative positions, including executive associate dean and department chair, since 2006.
“Dr. Baski’s long history in university leadership and experience with research, budgeting and strategic planning make her ideal for the College of Science,” Provost Sylvia A. Alva says. “We are looking forward to seeing the exciting ideas she will have for the college.”
Baski’s academic career began at the University of Colorado in Boulder, where she received a bachelor’s degree in engineering physics in 1987. She earned a Ph.D. in applied physics from Stanford in 1991 before working as a postdoctoral fellow at BASF. She also was as a National Research Council research associate at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C. She began her tenure at VCU in 1996 with a joint appointment in the Department of Physics and the School of Engineering.
“I was drawn to Cal Poly Pomona by its combination of high-quality academics with hands-on learning and its dedication to diversity and inclusion,” Baski says. “I’m excited to be joining such an excellent institution.”
Baski succeeds Brian Jersky, who served as the College of Science’s dean since 2012. Jersky left Cal Poly Pomona in June to become provost at Cal State Long Beach.
Alva would like to thank search committee members for their time and work in completing a successful search.