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Peter March

Executive Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences

Peter MarchPeter March, a mathematician with 16 years of experience as an academic administrator, assumed the post of executive dean of the School of Arts and Sciences July 1, 2014.

March was on the faculty at The Ohio State University from 1988 until 2014 and served as chair of the department of mathematics from 1998 until 2006. From 2003 to 2005, he also served as an Associate Director of the Mathematical Biosciences Institute, an NSF-funded mathematical sciences research institute based at Ohio State. A specialist in probability theory, he directed the division of mathematical sciences at the National Science Foundation from 2006 to 2010. He returned to Ohio State in 2010 as divisional dean of natural and mathematical sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences.

"Because of his experience as an educator, a dean, and an administrator at the National Science Foundation, Peter March understands better than anyone how research is envisioned, carried through, and supported," said Richard L. Edwards, executive vice president for academic affairs at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, and chancellor of Rutgers University–New Brunswick. "Peter’s experience will be particularly valuable to Rutgers and the School of Arts and Sciences at this time of transition and growth. In addition, Peter’s deep understanding of the Big Ten will make him better able to build strong partnerships with our new colleagues across the Committee on Institutional Cooperation." Since July 1, 2013, Rutgers has been a member of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC), the nation’s premier higher education consortium of top-tier research institutions. The 15-member CIC comprises Big Ten members plus the University of Chicago.

March is a graduate of Dalhousie University in Canada and he earned his Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota. He taught at New York University, McGill University and Carleton University before coming to Ohio State in 1988. Currently, he serves on the Committee on Science Policy of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics and as Chair of the U.S. National Committee for Mathematics, the formal representative of the United States to the International Mathematical Union.

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