Professor of Chemistry Promoted to Vice President for Academic Affairs
of Chemistry Joseph Bruno will become Wesleyan's vice president for Academic
Affairs, effective July 1. Bruno has served as dean of the Natural Sciences
and Mathematics since 2003.
Bruno will serve as chief academic officer for the university, responsible
for attracting and retaining faculty and for supporting their research and
In February, after Vice President for Academic Affairs Judith Brown
announced her intention to step down, Wesleyan President Doug Bennet began
extensive consultations with faculty on the characteristics to seek in her
successor, as well as nominations. Bennet decided to seek a Wesleyan faculty
member to fill the post.
"In addition to the personal qualities one expects in an academic
leader—intelligence, articulateness, fair-mindedness—faculty cited such
characteristics as demonstrated excellence in teaching, research and
colleagueship, and the energy and enthusiasm to launch initiatives that will
distinguish Wesleyan," Bennet says. "In every respect, Joe Bruno meets the
desires expressed by the faculty. I have great confidence in his ability to
As dean of the natural sciences and mathematics, Bruno supports the research
and teaching efforts of faculty in 10 departments and programs. He
participates in budgeting for faculty positions, as well as in recruiting
and hiring decisions. He reviews grant proposals and works with the chairs
of the academic departments on curricular and administrative issues. Bruno
also is responsible for developing plans for the construction and renovation
of science facilities.
Bruno has served as vice chair of and science representative to the Advisory
Committee, which advises the president on matters relating to appointments
and promotions of the faculty. He also served as chair of the Department of
Chemistry and president of the Wesleyan chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.
Bruno's teaching and research activities have garnered grants from the
National Science Foundation, the American Chemical Society, the State of
Connecticut, and the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, among other
After earning his Ph.D in organometallic chemistry from Northwestern
University, Bruno spent two postdoctoral years at Indiana University before
joining the Wesleyan faculty in 1984. He received tenure in 1991.
“I am very grateful for the opportunities I have had at Wesleyan over 22
years, working alongside colleagues on the faculty, in the administration
and on the staff," Bruno said. "I look forward to building on these
experiences as vice president for academic affairs. Wesleyan has generated
considerable momentum, and I am very excited about the opportunities ahead."