New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) President Joel S. Bloom has announced the naming of Professor Fadi P. Deek of East Brunswick, NJ, as the next provost and senior executive vice president at NJIT. The appointment of Professor Deek, who has been serving as interim provost, will take place immediately.Following a national search for highly qualified candidates with expertise in the STEM disciplines (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), Deek emerged as the clear frontrunner “due to his unique combination of abilities that will support him with the means to provide vision and direction for the university’s academic programs and address the current issues facing higher education in general and NJIT in particular,” said Bloom.
Deek, in his 27th year of professional affiliation with NJIT, has held a range of academic and administrative positions, most recently as interim provost and previously as dean of the College of Science and Liberal Arts. He has had a uniquely longstanding and productive relationship with NJIT, the state’s science and technology university, where he arrived in 1983 as a student, went on to earn three degrees (BS/MS/PhD) in computing, and eventually became a member of the faculty and the university administration. His NJIT faculty appointment is in two departments: Information Systems (in the College of Computing Sciences) and Mathematical Sciences (in the College of Science and Liberal Arts).
Throughout his time at NJIT, Deek has served in a range of administrative capacities, including as coordinator and director; assistant chair, associate chair, vice chair, and chair; and associate dean and dean. In these positions, in addition to teaching and research, he has been actively involved in curricular development, program building, student recruitment, professional and regional accreditation, faculty/staff hiring and evaluation, promotion and tenure case-review, budget management, policy development, collective bargaining and fundraising.
Deek has worked with NJIT faculty, administrators, staff, and students to complete the NJIT Academic Plan: 2013-2015. He also facilitated the creation shared governance system. “His unique combination of abilities will support him with the means to provide vision and direction for the university’s academic programs and address the current issues facing higher education in general and NJIT in particular,” said Bloom.