Brandeis names Irving R. Epstein interim provost

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Irving R. Epstein

Brandeis University has appointed Irving R. Epstein interim provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, effective July 1.

Epstein, the Henry F. Fischbach Professor of Chemistry and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor, has been a Brandeis faculty member since 1971. He has served in a number of senior leadership positions at Brandeis, including as chair of the Department of Chemistry, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and provost and senior vice president for academic affairs.

“With his former experience as a provost, and his ability to see the long view while also bringing projects to fruition, Irv is ideally suited for this role,” said Lisa M. Lynch, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs. “He is a widely respected scientist, an innovative educator and an experienced administrator.”

The provost position will become vacant when Lynch becomes interim president July 1. In January, Frederick M. Lawrence announced his intention to step down as president June 30.

Epstein is the principal investigator in the Nonlinear Dynamics Group at Brandeis, which conducts research to understand, design and control chemical systems that exhibit complex, nonlinear, dynamic behavior in time and space. These systems may have important applications in biology, physics, mathematics, polymer and materials science.

Epstein earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and physics, and a doctorate in chemical physics at Harvard University. He also received a diploma in advanced mathematics at Oxford University.

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