Drexel University Office of the Provost


Provost Office: Memorandum

To: All Faculty, Staff, and Students
From: Stephen W. Director, Provost
Subject: Dr. William Lynch Named Interim Dean of Goodwin College
Date: 26 June 2006

Dr. William Lynch has been appointed interim dean of the Goodwin College of Professional Studies. Dr. Lynch, who will continue to serve as director of the School of Education, replaces Goodwin College Dean Ali Houshmand. After six years of dedicated service to Drexel, Dr. Houshmand is leaving to become provost of Rowan University.

Under Dean Houshmand's leadership Goodwin College has continued its transition from a part-time provider to an entity that creates and delivers academic programs that are professional and applied in nature, and aligned with industry demand and trends. It has traditionally been, and is even more so today, a key component of Drexel's educational offerings.

A search committee will be appointed this summer to begin the process of selecting the next Dean. In the meantime Dr. Lynch will work with the provost and the Goodwin faculty and staff to begin planning the future of the College. These plans will help guide the search for the next dean.

Dr. Lynch has extensive experience designing and implementing self-sustaining undergraduate, graduate, professional and continuing education programs for on-campus, off-campus and distance venues. Before joining Drexel, Dr. Lynch served as vice president for operations and acting CEO of GWSolutions, a for-profit subsidiary of George Washington University.
In this capacity he was responsible for contract training, consulting and continuing education and gained a thorough understanding of business planning, market analysis and revenue goal setting within the context of an academic environment.

Dr. Lynch became director of Drexel's School of Education in June 2004.
Under his leadership, the School has become a critical component of the University's academic strategy. Through collaborative entrepreneurship, innovation and creative thinking, Dr. Lynch has led the development of new internal and external relationships, created new programs, vigorously pursued research opportunities and helped reinvent the School's brand as a comprehensive institution with a lifespan learning mission.

With teaching knowledge grounded in adult learning theory and practices, deep experience with online and distance-learning enterprises and a thorough understanding of the needs of nontraditional students, Dr. Lynch will help the faculty and staff continue the development of the Goodwin College enterprise. As an innovative and entrepreneurial administrator with effective communication and team-building skills, he understands the challenges of a self-supporting organization focused on the research, development and implementation of learning programs for a diverse adult population.

Dr. Lynch's appointment will be effective July 1, 2006, which will allow him time to work with Dr. Houshmand before he leaves for Rowan.

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