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UNC Names New Natural and Health Sciences Dean

Kamel Haddad and Gunter Hall image

March 31, 2021

The University of Northern Colorado announced that Kamel Haddad, Ph.D., will become the next dean of the College of Natural and Health Sciences (NHS).

Currently, Haddad is a professor of Mathematics at California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) with a special assignment as consultant for student success initiatives in the College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. At CSUSM, Haddad served as vice provost and interim provost from 2014 to 2020.

During his five-year tenure as vice provost, Haddad facilitated the advent of engineering programs to CSUSM, led the Student Access Initiative and implemented enrollment and funding models driven by student demand. His work on identifying and removing operational barriers to student success contributed to the university’s freshman- and transfer-graduation rates reaching record highs.

Prior to CSUSM, Haddad served as associate dean in the School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Engineering at California State University, Bakersfield (CSUB). Haddad is a senior Fulbright Scholar and recipient of CSUB’s Millie Ablin Outstanding Professor Award.

“Dr. Haddad brings a wealth of experience to UNC that we are fortunate to have found in our new dean of the College of Natural and Health Sciences,” said Mark R. Anderson, provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs at UNC. “His leadership philosophy and core belief that students come first will further strengthen the personalized education grounded in the liberal arts that UNC is known for.”

He received his doctorate in Mathematics from the University of Maryland and his bachelor’s in Applied Mathematics from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is also fluent in French and Arabic.

“I am thrilled and humbled to be joining UNC’s College of Natural and Health Sciences where the students-first principle is supported by faculty with impressive credentials and a campus community with Bear pride," Haddad said. "Together, building on a strong foundation and in partnership with our regional community, we shall discover untapped potential and ascend to new heights.”

Haddad will begin his new role at UNC on May 1, 2021.

—Written by Katie Corder