James Simon becomes dean at NYIT

A Stratford resident and former news editor is now a dean at the New York Institute of Technology.

James Simon was recently named dean of the school’s College of Arts and Sciences. Simon joins NYIT after 20 years at Fairfield University, where he was most recently an interim dean at that university’s College of Arts and Sciences.

In his new role, Simon will serve more than 1,900 NYIT undergraduate and graduate students worldwide. He will focus on promoting research and scholarly activities among students and faculty members, creating active learning environments inside and outside the classroom, and encouraging lifelong learning. In addition to overseeing programs at NYIT’s New York campuses, Simon will supervise academic programs in the College of Arts and Sciences at NYIT’s campus in Nanjing, China, and with partner institutions around the world.

Prior to pursuing his academic focus, Simon served as assistant secretary of the environment in the Executive Office of Environmental Affairs for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and dealt with issues ranging from open space and water conservation to hazardous waste management and recycling. Simon also was director of public relations for the Massachusetts Hospital Association and served as a bureau chief, reporter, and editor with the Associated Press, the world’s largest news organization, for which he wrote more than 4,000 stories.

“I have spent much of my career—academic and professional—working on programs to better prepare students for life after graduation. My work in advising and mentoring, classroom-to-career efforts, and expanding internships and other forms of applied learning is very consistent with the career orientation that NYIT emphasizes. I look forward to building on those efforts,” Simon said.   

Simon’s position represents a key leadership role at NYIT, according to school officials. The College of Arts and Sciences offers 28 undergraduate and five graduate degree programs in departments including behavioral sciences, communication arts, fine arts, interdisciplinary studies, and life sciences. Faculty members are dedicated to inspiring and producing groundbreaking creative work and scientific innovation in the digital era, and cultivating student involvement in academic research and pre-professional activities. Their approach is designed to provide students with key skills they need for academic pursuit and career success.  

“Jim Simon distinguished himself in our extensive search for a new dean through his extraordinary accomplishments across a broad spectrum of highly relevant fields,” said NYIT President Edward Guiliano. “His professional experience and record of success in administration, academic planning, faculty development, and assessment complements the breadth and depth of our institutional leadership, and will be a valuable asset to NYIT’s short- and long-term strategic plans.”

“Jim’s proven expertise in supporting faculty research, developing innovative programs, and creating partnerships among and between schools aligns perfectly with our commitment to promote cross-disciplinary activities and initiatives among faculty and students in our seven schools and colleges,”  noted Rahmat Shoureshi, NYIT provost and vice president for academic affairs.

Simon earned a bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University and was a fellow at the university’s Eagleton Institute of Politics. He earned a master’s degree from the Cronkite School of Journalism and Telecommunication and a doctorate from the School of Public Affairs, both at Arizona State University.

Jim Simon, a Stratford resident, is now the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at New York Institute of Technology. — Contributed photo

Jim Simon, a Stratford resident, is now the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at New York Institute of Technology. — Contributed photo

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