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Wake Forest names Solano interim dean of Graduate School

June 1, 2006

Wake Forest University has appointed Cecilia H. Solano as interim dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Solano, who joined Wake Forest’s faculty in 1977, is associate dean of the Graduate School and associate professor of psychology.

Solano’s appointment follows Gordon A. Melson’s decision to retire as dean and professor of chemistry June 30. He has held those positions for 15 years.

Solano will begin serving as interim dean of the Graduate School July 1. She will serve in that role while a national search for a new dean is underway. That search will begin this summer.

As interim dean, Solano will be responsible for graduate programs on the university’s Reynolda and Bowman Gray campuses. On the Reynolda Campus, the Graduate School offers doctoral programs in biology, chemistry and physics, as well as master’s degree programs in a range of disciplines. On the Bowman Gray Campus, the Graduate School offers doctoral and master’s degree programs in the biomedical sciences.

“It gives me great confidence to have someone with Dr. Solano's expertise and experience serving in the dean's position over the coming months. We are mostfortunate that she was willing to serve in this important leadership capacity,” William C. Gordon, Wake Forest provost, said.

Solano has held several administrative and faculty positions at Wake Forest since 1977. She has served as associate dean of the Graduate School and director of the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program since 1999. Previously, Solano was director of graduate studies in the psychology department. Since 1983, she has been associate professor of psychology. She joined the faculty as assistant professor of psychology.

Solano received her doctorate and Master of Arts degree in social psychology at The Johns Hopkins University. She received a Bachelor of Arts in social relations at Harvard University. Before coming to Wake Forest, she was an instructor in psychology at Towson State University and Johns Hopkins.

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