Kellogg Honors College Director Named

Kellogg Honors College Director Named
Suketu Bhavsar has been named director of the Kellogg Honors College.

Suketu P. Bhavsar, who is director of the Honors Program at the University of Kentucky, has been named the director of the Keith & Jean Kellogg Honors College at Cal Poly Pomona.

Bhavsar, whose discipline is astrophysics and cosmology, will also be a professor in the Physics department at Cal Poly Pomona. He brings with him a wealth of experience as an educator and expertise from advising the University of Kentucky's Honors Program.

“Acquiring Dr. Bhavsar for Cal Poly Pomona is a great coup,” says Provost Tomas Morales. “His leadership in a similar program at the University of Kentucky will enable the Kellogg Honors College to quickly raise its profile on a regional and national scale, helping us attract outstanding students.”

The Kellogg Honors College launched in 2003 as the Honors Program. The program was renamed this fall after a generous bequest from the W. Keith Kellogg II Trust.

In the last five years the Kellogg Honors College has grown in size and distinction. The program is designed for ambitious, goal-oriented students who love to learn and share ideas in a close-knit academic community. When the program first began it had about 60 students. At the beginning of fall quarter 2006, enrollment had grown to 270 students.

“I am very much looking forward to coming to Cal Poly Pomona and am excited and inspired by its commitment to excellence for its honors college,” Bhavsar says.

Students enrolled in the program experience smaller classes (about 20-25 students), special mentoring relationships with faculty, summer research opportunities and involvement in community service. Additional advising is also provided to those students who wish to compete for national academic recognition and fellowships, such as Fulbright, Truman, Marshall and Rhodes scholarships.

“Suketu is taking the reins of a program that is well positioned for success, thanks to the extraordinary efforts of Dr. Sara Garver and Dorothy Fleck,” adds Morales. “Their work in building the foundation cannot be understated and I want to extend my sincere thanks and appreciation.”

Bhavsar, who earned one of his master's degrees and a Ph.D. in astrophysics at Princeton University, believes that participating in an honors program is one of the best investments students can make for themselves.

“An honors program is more than an organization for students who are already excellent – it is a program and place where exceptional students are created,” he says. “Honors is for students for whom learning is or could become a passion.”

Bhavsar begins his post at Cal Poly Pomona this summer.