Gillian Small was appointed University Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs of Fairleigh Dickinson University in August, 2016. As chief academic officer, she works alongside President Capuano to help achieve FDU’s vision to strengthen existing programs and develop new courses, curriculums and colleges.
Small previously served as the Vice Chancellor for Research at The City University of New York (CUNY) from 2008 to 2016, after serving with distinction as dean for research since 2003.
As CUNY’s senior research officer, Small sought to enhance all levels of involvement in research across the University and connect research and scholarly activities with emerging opportunities. She had overall responsibility for supporting the University’s intellectual property portfolio, developing relationships with external research organizations, industry, governmental and non-governmental funding sources and enhancing CUNY’s contribution to the economic development of New York City and State. Her major responsibilities included planning extensive new state-of-the-art science facilities as part of CUNY’s Decade of Science.
During the last decade, Small created a strong infrastructure to support research and scholarship. She led the University’s Decade of Science, a $2-billion initiative for programs and new facilities that has raised CUNY’s profile for science research and education. She also spearheaded a $3.7-million grant from the National Science Foundation to create the New York City Regional Innovation Node, leading a collaboration with Columbia University and New York University to offer training and support to faculty and student innovators.
An internationally recognized scholar, Vice Chancellor Small received her Ph.D. in the biological sciences in 1983 from Wolverhampton Polytechnic in England. She conducted postdoctoral research at Rockefeller University and taught at both the University of Florida and Mount Sinai School of Medicine, where she directed a research laboratory and an interdisciplinary graduate program. Small’s many honors include the Feminist Press 2013 award for advancing women in science. In 2015, she was elected to the board of the national Association for Women in Science.