Appointments & Retirements

July 15, 2015

Suhayl Dhib-Jalbut was appointed chair of the Department of Neurology, New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, effective August 1. In addition to his new role, Dhib-Jalbut continues as chair of the Department of Neurology, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, RBHS, where he is professor of neurology and director of the Robert Wood Johnson Center for Multiple Sclerosis and president of the Americas Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis.

Richard Feinberg retired effective July 10 as assistant dean for basic science education and faculty development at New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, after 32 years of service. Among his achievements after joining the school’s Department of Anatomy, he introduced virtual microscopy to histology and pathology teaching programs in 2007 and audience response technology to lecture halls in 2008. In 2012, he launched the school’s first online course, "Transition to Residency," for fourth-year students.

Mary Fetzer, deputy associate librarian for research and instructional services and government resources librarian, Rutgers University Libraries, New Brunswick, retired effective July 1 after 46 years of service. She received master’s degrees in political science and library science from Rutgers and was a longstanding member of the American Library Association’s Government Documents Round Table and the Documents Association of New Jersey, receiving the latter organization’s lifetime achievement award in 2013.

Zach Johnson was appointed archivist for the Senator Frank Lautenberg Papers in Special Collections and University Archives, Rutgers University Libraries, New Brunswick, joining Rutgers from Vanderbilt University. 

Kimberly Mutcherson, professor, School of Law–Camden, was appointed vice dean effective July 1, when Adam Scales concluded his appointment and returned to the faculty. She will oversee academic affairs.

T. Joseph Sikora, chief audit executive of the university’s Internal Audit Department, retired effective June 1 after 31 years of service at Rutgers.  

July 1, 2015

At the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers UniversityNew Brunswick:

Barbara Faga was appointed professor of practice in urban design, effective September 1. She joins the school from AECOM.

Krystyn Kitto was named assistant director of career services and alumni relations. She replaces Hillary Bardwell, who is relocating with her family to Florida. 

Kelcie Ralph was appointed assistant professor of urban planning and policy development, effective September 1. She recently completed her doctorate at UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs.

Joseph J. Seneca, Distinguished University Professor of Economics, retired effective June 30. Seneca joined the Rutgers faculty in 1967 as a professor of economics. Between 1991 and 2003, he served as university vice president for academic affairs, the university’s chief academic officer.

June 24, 2015

Rafael Benoliel, professor and associate dean of research, Rutgers School of Dental Medicine, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, was appointed director of the school’s orofacial pain center, an internationally recognized institution in the study and treatment of pain, and will lead the center's research and clinical team.

Elliot J. Coups, behavioral scientist at the Cancer Institute of New Jersey and associate professor of medicine at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, has been selected as a fellow in the inaugural 2015–2017 Rutgers Leadership Academy, which prepares faculty and staff for future leadership roles within their department, their unit, and the university.

Dula F. Pacquiao, who spent 10 of her 47 years in nursing as a professor at the School of Nursing, now part of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, and who earned a doctoral degree in education from Rutgers, retired May 1. Internationally recognized for her work in transcultural nursing, she joined the former UMDNJ School of Nursing as an associate professor and director of the Stanley S. Bergen Center for Multicultural Education, Research and Practice in 2005. She later was appointed to lead the Urban Health track of the Ph.D. in Urban Systems program jointly offered then by Rutgers, UMDNJ, and NJIT.

June 3, 2015

Michael Palis, professor of computer science at Rutgers University–Camden, was appointed provost of Rutgers–Camden to serve as its chief academic officer. Recognized internationally for his research in algorithms and parallel and distributed computing, Palis joined Rutgers–Camden in 1996 as the founding chair of the Department of Computer Science. He served as interim dean of the faculty of arts and sciences for more than two years.

May 13, 2015

Suzanne Willard, clinical professor, was appointed associate dean for global health, School of Nursing, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences. She is leading the expansion of the school’s international initiatives in health education, research, and practice. She continues as specialty director for the school’s HIV Care advanced specialty program.

May 6, 2015

Rick H. Lee was appointed director of global programs and relations at the Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs (GAIA Centers), Rutgers University–New Brunswick. As director, he is responsible for overseeing program development, advancing international partnerships, and identifying external funding opportunities to strengthen pillar projects.

Margaret Sullivan, professor, was appointed associate dean for the newly formed Office of Research Services, School of Nursing, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences. Her former role as associate dean for research has been expanded to include oversight of contracts, grants, and institutional assessment and evaluation.

April 29, 2015

Karen D’Alonzo, associate professor, was appointed associate dean for nursing science, School of Nursing, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences. She oversees the school’s Division of Nursing Science, which includes two doctoral programs, several centers of excellence, and the faculty, staff, and students within the division.

April 22, 2015

Paola Gambarota, chair and associate professor, Department of Italian, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, was awarded a Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowship for Recently Tenured Scholars by the American Council of Learned Societies to work on her book project entitled American Naples: Cross-Cultural Memories of an Occupation, at the American Academy in Rome during the 2015–2016 academic year.

April 15, 2015

Jesenia Cadena was appointed assistant dean for engagement and recruitment at the School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick.

February 25, 2015

Phyllis Siegel, associate professor, Department of Management and Global Business, Rutgers Business School–Newark and New Brunswick, was appointed senior associate dean for graduate programs and received accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.