Lehman College Welcomes Two New Deans

Dr. William W. Latimer

This Fall, Lehman College welcomes two new deans after extensive local and national searches: Dr. William W. Latimer has been named founding dean of the new School of Health Sciences, Human Services, and Nursing and Dr. Gautam Sen is now the new dean of the School of Natural and Social Sciences.

Dr. Latimer comes to the Bronx after serving as the Elizabeth Faulk Professor and Chair of the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology in the College of Public Health and Health Professions at the University of Florida.

“I feel deeply honored and very fortunate to be the inaugural dean of this new School at Lehman College and have the opportunity to lead an exceptional group of faculty, students, and staff,” said Dr. Latimer.

Dr. Latimer’s program of research has been published extensively and continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for the past 20 years. He has secured more than $25 million in NIH funding to study the epidemiology, prevention, and treatment of infectious disease and drug dependence, with a focus on neurobehavioral risk factors of disease, treatment engagement, and outcome. Dr. Latimer previously spent 11 years on the faculty at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health where he directed two large training programs for U.S. and international fellows in public health and allied health professions funded by the NIH and the U.S. State Department, respectively.

He also serves as producer and host of public radio WUFT’s Public Health Minute, which airs throughout northern and central Florida. It focuses on research findings and practical health advice provided by top researchers and clinicians in allied and public health. Dr. Latimer also directs two large clinical trials to prevent infectious disease and treat addiction in Baltimore, Maryland and Pretoria, South Africa.

Dr. Latimer received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Rhode Island; an M.P.H in epidemiology from the University of Minnesota; and a Master’s Degree in developmental psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude from Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

Dr. Gautam Sen

Dr. Gautam Sen previously served as Vice Provost for Research and Graduate Studies and Professor of Environmental Sciences at the American University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates. He also spent more than two decades as Professor of Earth Science at Florida International University, where he was Associate Dean of Research and Chair of the Department of Earth Sciences.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to lead the faculty and staff of the School of Natural and Social Sciences as its Dean,” said Dr. Sen. “I am a firm believer in teamwork, and hope that under my leadership, the School will work as a team and develop synergies with other Schools within Lehman College and with other institutions across New York City and the region. I’m looking forward to contributing significantly to the growing reputation of this important New York institution, which has already gained the attention of the White House.”

At the American University of Sharjah (AUS), Dr. Sen founded the Office of Research and Graduate Studies and established the entire grant administration and management system, codes for ethical conduct of research, and collaborative partnerships with New York University, Columbia University, the MIT/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute Joint Program, and other institutions. At Florida International University, Dr. Sen founded the Florida Center for Analytical Electron Microscopy, which serves the entire United States via remote operation of its instruments.

He has an extensive record of publications, including papers in highly ranked journals such as Science and Nature. He has served on many national and international committees including research and instrumentation panels at the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health, and is the recipient of many honors and awards.

Dr. Sen received his Ph.D. in Geosciences from the University of Texas at Dallas, and served as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of California at Los Angeles. He earned his M.Sc. (First Class) and B.Sc. (Hons.) from Calcutta University in India.